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Looking Ahead
See the future through the
lens of University leaders.
Fall2010
southwestern university’s core purpose
Fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being
of humanity.
southwestern university’s core values
Cultivating academic excellence. Promoting lifelong learning and a passion for intellectual and personal
growth. Fostering diverse perspectives. Being true to oneself and others. Respecting the worth and dignity
of persons. Encouraging activism in the pursuit of justice and the common good.
Southwestern University’s recruiting of students, awarding of financial aid, and operation of programs
and facilities are without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, physical handicap, national or ethnic
origin, or any other impermissible factor. The University’s commitment to equal opportunity includes
nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
board of trustees
*	 Ex-Officio
#	 Honorary
Southwestern is published semiannually
by the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Bulk rate postage paid at Austin, Texas.
Merriman Morton ’63, Austin, Chair
Larry J. Haynes ’72, Coppell, Vice Chair
R. Griffin Lord, Belton, Secretary-Treasurer
Martin Aleman Jr. ’68, Austin
L. James Bankston ’70, Houston
Lisa Barrentine, Allen
Douglas M. Benold ’44, Georgetown
W. Earl Bledsoe*, Plano
Roy H. Cullen#, Houston
John S. Curry ’70, Pampa
James E. Dorff*, San Antonio
Robert W. Dupuy ’69, Dallas
Thomas A. Forbes ’71, Austin
James W. Foster ’72, Houston
Jack Garey, Georgetown
Roberto L. Gómez ’69, McAllen
Sarah Gould-Stotts ’10, Charlottesville, Va.
Robert H. Graham, Houston
Kay Granger, Fort Worth
Ronald D. Henderson, Plano
C. Preston Hollis ’09, Austin
Janice Riggle Huie*, Houston
Henry C. Joyner, Colleyville
Robert W. Karr ’71, St. Louis, Mo.
Bart C. Koontz ’78, San Antonio
J. Michael Lowry*, Fort Worth
Red McCombs ’49, San Antonio
Michael McKee, Hurst
J. Eric McKinney ’72, Georgetown
David J. McNitzky ’77, San Antonio
Laura A. Merrill ’84, Harlingen
Charles R. Millikan ’68, Pearland
Barbara Prats Neely ’77, Fort Worth
Ernesto Nieto ’64, Kyle
Steven A. Raben ’63*, Houston
Robert T. Rork ’62, San Antonio
Jake B. Schrum ’68*, Georgetown
Robert C. Scott, San Antonio
Peter A. Sessions ’78, Dallas
H. Blake Stanford ’81*, Austin
Stephen G. Tipps, Houston
Donald W. Underwood ’70, Plano
James V. Walzel, Houston
D. Max Whitfield*, Albuquerque, N.M.
Robert D. Wunsch, Austin
 
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Associate Vice President for University Relations
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Director of Communications
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chief administrative officers
Jake B. Schrum ’68, President
Richard L. Anderson, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs
Gerald Brody, Vice President for Student Life
James W. Hunt, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Beverly Jones, University Chaplain
W. Joseph King ’93, Vice President for Innovation
C. Richard McKelvey, Vice President
for Institutional Advancement
Thomas J. Oliver ’89, Vice President
for Enrollment Services
Francie Schroeder, Executive Assistant to the President
Ronald L. Swain, Senior Advisor to the President for
Strategic Planning and Assessment
Telephone: (512) 863-6511
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Office of Admission: (800) 252-3166
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Fall2010
10in10…
Southwestern sat down with Jake B. Schrum ’68
and Jane Woodman Schrum ’70 on the anniversary
of their first decade as Presidential couple of
Southwestern University to reflect back and look
forward. (See Page 6.)
In every issue
		 5	 |	 President’s Message
		14	 |	 On Campus
20	 |	 Athletics
23	 |	 Engaging Find	
33	 |	 Academics in Focus
36	 |	 Alumni News
38	 |	 Class Notes
46	|	 Last Word
Features	
	 8	|	 20/20 Vision and Shaping Our
Future: The Strategic Plan for
Southwestern University 2010–2020
A look forward through
the viewmaster.
	24	|	 Senior Stories—Lives Transformed
Discover the Southwestern
Experiences of 10 recent graduates.
	30	|	 Life at the Molecular Level
Three associate professors of
biology discuss life, learning
and their love of research.
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Make a gift at www.southwestern.edu/makeagift or call 800-960-6363.
*Calculated over a six-year period beginning in the 2003–2004 fiscal year by dividing the average
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are members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
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Fiscal Years 2003–2009
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Shaping
Our Future
What do you think Southwestern University
will be like in the year 2020?
We are certain that we would like to be a top-
tier national liberal arts and sciences college
that provides a transformational experience to
an increasingly diverse range of students.
This is the over-arching goal of our new stra-
tegic plan, Shaping Our Future: The Strategic
Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020.
This plan was the result of more than a year of
work by faculty, staff, student and alumni repre-
sentatives, along with representatives from The
Association of Southwestern University Alumni
and the Board of Trustees. More than 700 people
took time to send us their ideas or participate in
sessions designed to gather feedback.
Implementation of the plan began this fall as
we put into effect the most extensive curricular
change in Southwestern’s recent history. Under
the new curriculum plan, the typical student
takes four 4-credit courses a semester instead of
five 3-credit courses. We believe this new curricu-
lar structure allows for an even greater depth of
study and interaction with faculty members and
will ultimately lead to greater academic success
and engaged learning. Implementation of this
curriculum—which mirrors the curriculum in
use by many of the nation’s leading liberal arts
colleges—marks a significant milestone in our
continued maturation as a nationally recognized
university.
We also grew our student body by about 20
students this fall and will continue to do so over
the next four years until we have an enrollment
of 1,500 students.
This new strategic plan is both ambitious and
realistic and provides the framework for meeting
our aspirations over the next decade. I would like
to thank all those who participated in the process,
and I look forward to working with you to fulfill
the promise that it offers.
And while we are looking forward, this is also
a good opportunity to look back over the past
10 years. In this issue of Southwestern, you will
see some of the many things we accomplished
under The Strategic Plan for 2010. For example,
we added 18 new tenure-track faculty members,
launched the Paideia®
Program and incorporated
the Living-Learning Community program into the
First-Year Seminar offerings.
During the last decade, the Writer’s Voice
Series, the Shilling Lecture Series and the King
Creativity Fund program have all greatly enriched
the academic experience for our students.
Our student life program has been enhanced
by the addition of varsity women’s softball, varsity
men’s lacrosse, the Large Act Concert series and
the Pirate Bike Program, to name just a few.
The University built two new residential
apartment complexes, a new admission center
and, most recently, the Charles and Elizabeth
Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, as well as
renovated and expanded the Alma Thomas Fine
Arts Center.
Perhaps most important, we’ve set the University
on a course for a more sustainable future.
Looking back over the last 10 years, we have
much for which we can all be proud.
On a personal note, this year marks my 10th
year as President of Southwestern. It continues to
be a privilege to share this journey of promise and
fulfillment with each and every one of you.
Jake B. Schrum ’68
President, Southwestern University
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president’smessage
To alumni who may not have had an opportunity to come back
to campus, I would say that the hopes, dreams and actions of
our current students are still what can bring tears to their eyes,
because they can see that this generation of students realizes
what’s most important…just as they did.
J a k e B . S c h r u m ’ 6 8
J A K E   As students, Jane and I met in a
music appreciation class taught by Professor
Emeritus of Music Ellsworth Petersen ’55. Music
has always played an important role in our lives.
When I walk through the hallways in the Fine
Arts Building, I remember sitting outside the old
practice rooms studying and listening to Jane
practice piano. When Ellsworth announced his
retirement, Jane and I went to his last class to
show our appreciation; it was a seamless way of
showing our enjoyment of our relationship with
him and what music has meant in our lives.
J A N E   There haven’t been too many surprises,
but I did have a few fantasies. It was our choice
to live on campus and we’re very glad we do,
but I had this idea that in the evenings we would
stroll around campus, talking and reflecting on
our day. Our busy schedules prevent that from
happening very often. Maybe when we retire
we’ll stroll like we did when we were students
falling in love on this campus.
J A N E   Since returning to Southwestern, I’ve found
my place, and found satisfaction by using our
home and my interests in homemaking to make
a difference in the life of the campus community.
I really enjoy interacting with staff and hosting
visiting scholars, students, dignitaries, alumni,
trustees, parents and others in our home.
J A K E   I’ve been on staff at Southwestern four
times. I believe what draws one to Southwestern
in the first place is the same thing that draws us
back—toHomecomingortoapositiononstaff—the
desire to be in a place where you know some-
thing important is happening…where you
can re-imagine the possibilities of life. Most
of us have the desire to improve; as Professor
Emeritus of History Weldon Crowley used to
say, “to make oneself a more inviting person.”
Southwestern just naturally encourages that; it
makes us more vibrant, dynamic and alive. Who
wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
reflections
President Jake B. Schrum and wife Jane
look back on 10 years of service at Southwestern
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J A N E   Over the next decade and beyond, I see
Southwestern continuing to be a place that places
a high priority on values, community and life-
long friendships; that holds us as individuals and
collectively. I hope that it never loses that which
it’s had from the very beginning.
J A K E   I’ve always known that the Southwestern
community is dedicated to providing transforma-
tional experiences for our students. Over these
10 years, we’ve increased our faculty by nearly
20—enriching the diversity of our community
in every way—and hired professional staff who
also add value to the experience. That’s what
I expected 10 years ago. What I didn’t antici-
pate were the two debilitating economic down-
turns we’ve experienced. These situations have
caused me to think more about how we in higher
education need to adjust our expectations and
make the changes necessary to successfully
move forward.
J A K E   I strive to build on Southwestern’s financial
strength. I believe that, among other things, will
help us continue to recruit high-quality faculty
who enhance the Southwestern academic experi-
ence and add value to our graduates’ degrees.
It really has been like coming home. Southwestern
is a place that holds one in its arms. Being here
feels like being held in a loving embrace. It’s an
intangible but powerful thing.
J a n e W o o d m a n S c h r u m ’ 7 0
7FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
Read Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern
University 2010–2020 online at www.southwestern.edu/plan
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Over the next decade, Southwestern will sharpen the focus on our academic
mission—a mission that engages minds and transforms lives. On our rise to
the top-tier of national liberal arts and sciences colleges, Southwestern as a
whole is being shaped and transformed as well. Following are the voices of
some of Southwestern’s visionaries who, with a little hindsight, have a clear
view of what could be.
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How will
it affect
Southwestern
in the
future?What has
been our most
significant
achievement?
What is
our highest
priority?
What will
Southwestern
look like in the
year 2020?
What role
will you
play?
Ben Pierce, professor of biology
Southwestern is known for its personalized approach to education through
small class sizes and the care shown to students by faculty. It’s our niche in
higher education. Going forward, I believe that the addition of high quality
junior faculty whose teaching and scholarship—as well as their energy and
enthusiasm—will help shape and impact the future of the University. More
immediately, you can imagine that I think our highest priority should be
on the renovation and expansion of the science facilities. Southwestern
established a good reputation in the sciences starting with Dr. Robert Hyer
in 1882, who set the bar high. Improvements to our facilities and instrumen-
tation are required to maintain the reputation Dr. Hyer established more
than a century ago. As for me, I plan to continue to focus on my students;
to provide a high-quality educational experience in the classroom, the lab
and the field. I also plan to continue my research and to focus on the plan-
ning of our new and improved science facility.
Bob Karr ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees
Strategic Planning Committee
Despite the tough economy over the past 10 years, Southwestern made
a commitment to move forward. The optimism about and enthusiasm for
Southwestern is evident in Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for
Southwestern University 2010–2020, and reflects the dedication of every-
one at the University. The strategic planning process itself was reflective
of Southwestern as a whole, based on the number of people who had input
in the process and who rose above their personal interests for the good of
the whole. Our collective hope for the future is that Southwestern is able to
build increased recognition across the country for its fundamental strength
of engaging minds and transforming lives. I look forward to the opportunity
to continue to serve on the board of trustees, and for my wife (Jean Gibson
Karr ’71) and me to contribute in meaningful ways to Southwestern.
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Proposed rendering of an improved Southwestern science facility.
Overarching Vision:
Southwestern University will be nationally
known for providing society with graduates
who are bright, moral and courageous. Over
the next decade, Southwestern University
will continue to position itself as a top-tier,
national liberal arts and sciences college
by building upon its greatest strength—
providing a transformational, residential,
liberal arts and sciences education that
empowers an increasingly diverse range
of students to lead fulfilling lives in a global
community.
Strategic Direction:
Focus on our academic mission—our
commitment to providing every student
with an education that extends beyond the
simple transmission of knowledge and skills
to a concept of learning as a broad, inte-
grated and transformational process.
Supporting Strategies:
Enhance Our Campus Experience 	
and Residence Life
Create a more vibrant, diverse and
student-friendly campus that will enhance
the campus experience and the quality of
student life, and will contribute to attracting
and retaining students that are best able
to benefit from Southwestern’s academic
mission.
Build Far-Reaching Visibility 	
and Recognition
Build far-reaching visibility and recogni-
tion for the University as an exceptional
national undergraduate liberal arts and
sciences institution known for engaging
minds and transforming lives.
Ensure the Financial Vitality and 	
Overall Sustainability of the Institution
Ensure the financial vitality and overall
sustainability of the institution by build-
ing an ever-stronger financial foundation
that will increase our ability to invest in our
academic enterprise, undergird our commit-
ments and reach our aspirations.
The Strategic Plan for
Southwestern University
2010–2020
A summary of
Shaping Our Future:
Rick McKelvey, vice president for
institutional advancement
Southwestern students have always expected more of themselves and the
institution; graduates expect us to be always moving forward toward the
next level of quality education. The introduction of Paideia®
has enhanced
how student experiences impact the Southwestern community, inside the
classroom and out. It’s a reflection of the best things about the Southwestern
Experience. Our overarching vision is to be one of the finest national liberal
arts universities in the country, based on quality faculty and staff and their
ongoing development, the diversity and quality of our students and the
quality of our facilities. That’s a bold statement, and it’s the first time we’ve
included visibility and recognition as a strategic direction. Our visibility
needs to be on a parallel track to our integrity and quality of education.
The most tangible action item in Shaping Our Future is the expansion and
renovation of our science facilities. Southwestern students have high expec-
tations for the quality of education they will receive here. Since science and
technology change over time, we must, too. In order to make this happen,
it is my job to communicate with donors and others about Southwestern’s
financial needs to support the strategic direction.
Glada Munt, director of intercollegiate athletics
There have been numerous achievements over the past 10 years, includ-
ing the University’s continued vitality in a tough economy. While academics
always come first, our continual growth in athletics requires that we also
make improvements to our athletics facilities. The Athletics Department
brings in one-third of admitted students and our programs are competi-
tive or better than those of our competition. I will continue working to
create a more visible and quality athletics program, which will add to the
student experience and make Southwestern a great choice for both students
and parents.
“I hope that
Southwestern’s
second hundred
years will be
as energized
and as forward
thinking as its
first hundred
years.”
— Mary Visser, professor of art
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Ron Swain, senior adviser to the
president for strategic planning
Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University
2010–2020 has set the stage for Southwestern’s continued growth and
development. It’s a commitment by the University to academic excellence,
sustainability and diversity, among other things. Through the previous
strategic plan, we added 18 tenure-track faculty members. Having a more
diverse faculty makes an impact on our curriculum and promotes diversity
among our students. Over the next 10 years, our priority will be to focus
on our academic strength, beginning with an emphasis on renovating
our science facilities. Doing this will help Southwestern become a major
player in the region and help us keep pace with the growth in the health
care industry…which will provide increased opportunities for student
internships and employment. Another priority is to develop a more diverse
student body and faculty, engaged in dynamic interaction. Our challenge
is to figure out how a small liberal arts college in Texas can be recognized
for its distinctiveness. Keeping within the context of human interaction,
Southwestern can lead the way. For now, it’s my job to develop action plans
to help implement Shaping Our Future as a whole.
Mary Visser, professor of art
I think the most significant achievement at Southwestern in the past 10
years has been the recruitment of personnel—from the board level to faculty
and staff—who have the desire and commitment to challenge Southwestern
and its students to move the University into the national level of top-tier
liberal arts colleges. In the future, I believe we will be recognized for our
unique blend of educational programs that promote lifelong learning and
educated thinkers; for graduating citizens who make choices based upon
facts and yet have a strong sense of compassion for all human beings. As
for me, I will be a constant supporter of Southwestern’s goals.
Sarah Woolley ’11, president of Student Congress
I believe Southwestern’s two greatest achievements over the past 10
years have been the creation of the Paideia Program—made possible by
$9 million raised through the Priddy Challenge—and the numerous envi-
ronmental initiatives that have been implemented. Although still in its
infancy, Paideia has the potential to strengthen the University over the
next 10 years. Beginning with President Schrum’s signing of the President’s
Climate Commitment and the Tallories Declaration, and continuing with
the work of Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK),
Southwestern has become a carbon-neutral school, and our ranking with
the College Sustainability Report Card has improved tremendously. Right
now, the top priority for the University is renovating the Fondren-Jones
Science Building. We have a great natural science division, but the facility
does not reflect the work that is being accomplished there. Another priority
is the renovation and addition to the athletics facilities for both our student
athletes and the Southwestern community as a whole. I’m hopeful that
students and alumni understand that all of these efforts depend on money.
The fact is that tuition only covers about two-thirds of our operating costs.
If every alumna/us gave just $10 per year, many of these plans would be
completed much sooner. Personally, I plan to start with “giving the amount
of my graduation year.” For me, that’s $20.11 per year until I’m able to give
a more sizable amount. Every gift really does matter!
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10 years
SShaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan
for Southwestern University 2010–2020 is
not a new idea. For over three decades
Southwestern has been guided by strategic
planning. In 2000, Southwestern undertook
an ambitious, decade-long plan that yielded
outstanding results.
Ten major accomplishments
of the last Strategic Plan:
•	 Created
Paideia®
•	 Added
faculty
•	 Transformed
curriculum
•	 Expanded
civic engagement
•	 Enhanced
diversity
•	 Enriched
student life
•	 Built and renovated
facilities
•	 Engaged
alumni
•	 Prioritized
sustainability
•	 Became home to the
National Institute for
Technology in Liberal
Education (NITLE)
at the last
A look back
Watch the highlights online at
www.southwestern.edu/10in10
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Think!
Who do you know that may follow in your
(Pirate Bike) tracks?
No, not the living legacy you left down on
6th Street when you almost got that Captain
Ruter ink. Your academic tracks. Like you, the
successful Southwestern student of the future:
	Is highly motivated
	Looks for intellectual challenges
	Is civic/community minded
	Makes learning a top priority
Got a name or two? Good! Now, go to
www.southwestern.edu/alumnireferral and
send them our way.
t exas’ f i rst u n i vers ity
OObserving the Ravages
of AIDS in Africa
Sophomore Kadidiatou “Kadi” Magassa spent
the summer observing at an AIDS clinic that serves
children from birth to age 18 in the Kingdom of
Lesotho, a small country of about 2 million people
in the Republic of South Africa.
A 2007 report estimated that 23.2 percent of
the country’s population has HIV/AIDS—the
third highest in the world after Swaziland and
Botswana. The CIA’s World Factbook says the
average life expectancy in Lesotho is 41.18 years
for men and 39.54 years for women.
Magassa’s trip was the result of three years of
fundraising by the student group EBONY, a local
civic organization called The Links, and several
local churches. “It is truly heartwarming to know
that something that was started several years ago
was able to come to fruition,” says former EBONY
President LaToya Alexander ’07.
“This was the first step toward working in my
desired field,” says Magassa, who is developing
an independent major focusing on international
studies with a concentration on Africa. Her career
goal is to work in Africa to help solve problems
such as AIDS and government corruption.
While in Lesotho, Magassa gathered video
footage that she hopes can be used there and in
the U.S. to educate people about AIDS. She was
previously involved in AIDS prevention efforts in
her hometown of Harlem, N.Y.
Singing in Shanghai
Supported by The Friends of the Sarofim School
of Fine Arts, 16 Southwestern students, faculty
members and alumni helped represent Texas at
the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
The group was part of a choir that also
included representatives from Chorus Austin,
the San Gabriel Chorale, the Chancel Choir
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oncampus
from First United Methodist Church in Mineral
Wells and the Mineral Wells High School Varsity
Mixed Choir.
The performance at the World Expo was part
of a 10-day tour of China, which included a
performance at the Great Wall of China and the
Forbidden City.
Conducted by Kenny Sheppard, professor of
music and director of the Southwestern Chorale,
the choir performed Haydn’s “Mass in a Time of
War,” the same piece the Chorale sang at Carnegie
Hall in 2004.
Sheppard says the group was warmly received,
especially when they performed a well-known
Chinese folk song at the Forbidden City Concert
Hall and again at the World Expo.
“This was the trip of a lifetime. Experiencing
the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other
wondrous sites would have been enough,”
Sheppard says, “however, interaction with the
Chinese people was even more meaningful.
The Chorale students were ideal ambassadors
for Southwestern and for the United States. I was
proud to be associated with them.”
Student participants included Ben Bracher, Katie
De La Vega, Anne Fenley, Dustin Fillmore, Andra
Loer, Bonnie Maddox, Brian Miller, Katie Sokolyk
and Kailey Watson. In addition to Sheppard, partic-
ipating faculty members included organist David
Polley, part-time assistant professor of applied
music; vocalist Bruce Cain, associate professor of
music, and Victoria Star Varner, professor of art.
Participating alumni included Marie Henderson
Becker ’03, Barbara Horan ’85 and Barbara
Sands Mittanck ’59.
Vicente Villa Summer Scholars
With a $263,318 grant from the U.S. Department
of Education, in 2008 Associate Professor of
Education Stephen Marble developed the Vicente
Villa Summer Scholars Program—a five-week
“mini-liberal arts experience.” Participating
students have completed their junior year of high
school and are recommended by their teachers,
counselors and principals.
The program was named for Professor Emeritus
of Biology Vicente Villa, who was chosen as the
1993 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for
the Advancement and Support of Education.
Marble says, “First-generation (Hispanic)
students frequently struggle at large state schools
because they have limited experience and social
networks to help them survive in impersonal
competitive environments…and are generally
unaware of the range of choices open to them
as they prepare to be the first in their family to
go to college.”
	 Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail deliv-
ered the May 8, 2010 commencement
address at Southwestern University.
	 Zewail is the Linus Pauling professor
of chemistry and professor of physics at
the California Institute of Technology.
His daughter, Maha Zewail Foote, is
an associate professor of chemistry at
Southwestern.
	 In 1999, Zewail was awarded the
Nobel Prize in chemistry for pioneering
the development of a new field known
as laser femtochemistry. Using lasers
and molecular beams, femtochemistry
has made it possible for researchers to
see chemical reactions as they happen
in real time. Femtochemistry has had
an impact on chemical, biological and
medical research all over the world, and
is someday expected to yield practical
results by allowing improved control of
chemical processes used in manufactur-
ing and drug design.
	 Since winning the Nobel Prize, Zewail
has focused his research on the develop-
ment of another field, 4D electron micros-
copy, the direct visualization of materials
and biological behavior in the familiar
three dimensions of space plus time.
He currently serves as director of the
multidisciplinary Physical Biology Center
for Ultrafast Science and Technology at
Caltech.
	 After receiving his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in chemistry from
Alexandria University in Egypt, Zewail
earned a doctorate in chemistry from
the University of Pennsylvania.
	 He then completed a postdoctoral
fellowship at the University of California,
Berkeley, before joining the faculty of
Caltech in 1976.
Nobel Laureate Addresses Class of 2010
®©TheNobelFoundation
This past summer, 16
Hispanic, Austin-area
high school students
participated in the Vicente
Villa Summer Scholars
Program at Southwestern.
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oncampus
Students participating in the program stayed
in residence halls during the week, and attended
English classes taught by Elisabeth Piedmont-
Marton, associate professor of English, and math
classes taught by Alison Marr and Therese Shelton,
assistant and associate professors of mathematics,
respectively.
All students who participated in the program
were encouraged to apply for admission to
Southwestern. Sandi Nenga, assistant profes-
sor of sociology, will track the participants over
the next few years to better understand how
the program may have influenced their college
choices. “It will be great if they decide to come to
Southwestern, but our goal is that they choose a
college or university that best meets their needs,”
Marble says.
O’Brien, Ore and Robertson
Receive ACS Funds
Bill O’Brien, associate professor of physics,
and John Ore, professor of theatre, received a
$7,168 grant to work with Tim Francis, light-
ing designer and technical director at Trinity
University, to develop an environmental studies/
theatre/physics course focused on energy conser-
vation strategies for the theater, particularly the
replacement of incandescent lighting with light-
emitting diodes (LEDs).
The goal is to install a renewable energy
system on the roof of the Fine Arts Center that
will generate electrical energy equal to the needs
of the LED lighting system.
The ACS grant money will be used to help pay
the students who are working on the project and
to purchase a solar panel and a wind turbine
that can be used as teaching tools. Ore says he
hopes the Heather Hall project will serve as a
model for other colleges interested in energy
conservation.
Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese,
received a $1,600 grant through the Associated
Colleges of the South (ACS) Faculty Renewal
Program to work with Li Wei, professor of
Chinese at Rollins College, on a pilot project
that will allow small colleges with limited faculty
resources to offer advanced classes in Chinese
and Chinese culture.
“Most small liberal arts colleges and universi-
ties have limited resources in specialized fields of
Chinese instruction such as literature, perform-
ing arts and film,” Robertson says. “However, with
modern Internet technology and a consortium
of participating universities, individual exper-
tise across universities can be shared and will
enable our students to have access to broader
instructional content.”
Using technology expertise from the National
Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
(NITLE), located at Southwestern, Robertson
is currently offering a lecture taught by Wei on
Chinese music, which includes a demonstration
by three Chinese musicians from Disney’s Epcot
Center. A lecture on Chinese literature taught by
Robertson will be offered in spring 2011.
Graduates Receive
Prestigious NSF Fellowships
Four Southwestern graduates have received
grants from the National Science Foundation
(NSF) to support their graduate school
studies.
The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship
Program is for students who are college seniors or
first- or second-year graduate students. Fellowships
are funded for up to three years and provide
students with a yearly stipend of $30,000. The
NSF typically funds fewer than 10 percent of the
applications it receives.
“Given that this competition awards only the
best and brightest of the applications in all areas
of the sciences, we should be very pleased with
this outcome,” says Jesse Purdy, professor of
psychology, who has helped select recipients of
these fellowships.
Two students who studied animal behav-
ior with Purdy received fellowships—Delia
Shelton ’09, to start graduate studies at Indiana
University, and Katy Siciliano ’08, to continue
studies in biopsychology at the University of
John Ore, professor of
theatre (pictured above),
and Bill O’Brien, associate
professor of physics,
along with four students
and two staff members,
have been working on a
project since September
2009 to design LED
technology for Heather
Hall, a small theater
on the second floor of
the Alma Thomas Fine
Arts Center.
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oncampus
Michigan, where she is working in the van
Anders social neuroendocrinology lab. Colin
Kyle ’09 and Patrick Egan ’09, who are in
graduate school at the University of Chicago and
Indiana University, respectively, also received
fellowships.
“I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that this
is the first time a college of our size had four
recipients of the fellowship in a given year,”
Purdy says.
NSF reviewers pointed to the extensive under-
graduate research experience of the Southwestern
applicants, including publications, presentations
and international experience. Shelton worked in
Purdy’s lab, Kyle worked with Romi Burks, asso-
ciate professor of biology, Siciliano worked with
Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology,
and Egan worked with Traci Giuliano, professor
of psychology.
Inaugural Walt Potter Prize
Four-year King Creativity Fund grant recipient,
Pelham Keahey ’10, received the program’s first
$2,500 Walt Potter Prize, awarded to the best
student or project in a given year.
Theprogram,establishedin2000withanendow-
ment provided by W. Joseph “Joey” King ’93,
is designed to support “innovative and visionary
projects” proposed by Southwestern students.
The award was named for Walt Potter, profes-
sor of mathematics and computer science, who
was King’s mentor when he was a student at
Southwestern.
As a physics major, Keahey applied for and
received a King Creativity Fund grant each of his
four years at Southwestern. The first two years,
he used the money to build a low-cost solar water
heater. In 2008–09, he used the grant to build
a Ruben’s Tube, which enables people to “see”
different sound waves by means of flames coming
up through holes in the tube.
In 2009–10, Keahey received a grant to build
a new type of apparatus for the detection and
identification of microorganisms. He collaborated
with physics majors Will Hardy and Mason Cradit,
biology major Andrea Holland, chemistry major
Steven Solis, and Gerald Wade, coordinator of
science facilities and equipment. The device could
enable doctors to prescribe specific treatments
more quickly than they are currently able.
“I couldn’t think of a better person to receive
this award,” King says. “It has been wonderful to
watch Pelham since he was a first-year student.”
Keahey says his most recent project helped him
decide to accept a position with the Stanford
Linear Accelerator Center as a control engineer.
He plans to apply for graduate school in 2011.
$25,000 Provides Student
Research Experience
Professor of Biology Ben Pierce has received a
$25,000 grant to conduct research that may help
the threatened Georgetown salamander (Eurycea
naufragia). Pierce and several Southwestern
students will perform studies known as “mark–
recapture studies” designed to accurately deter-
mine the number of salamanders currently living
at several sites in Williamson County.
The salamander, believed to exist only in
Williamson County, lives in wet caves and springs
found in the South, Middle and North Forks of
the San Gabriel River and is threatened due to
development.
Williamson County and the Williamson County
Conservation Foundation are working with an
Austin-based consulting firm to develop a conser-
vation plan for the salamander. Pierce has been
awarded a subcontract to help with the work.
Pierce and his students will also continue conduct-
ing monthly surface counts of salamanders at
two springs, as they have been doing on a volun-
teer basis.
Professor of Biology Ben Pierce
Sheppard Garners William Carrington Finch Award
Professor of Music Kenny Sheppard received the 2010 William
Carrington Finch Award during the May 2010 commencement
ceremony. The award, given every other year to a full-time faculty
member “for exemplary accomplishment in furthering the aims
of Southwestern University,” is named for Southwestern’s 11th
president. Criteria for the award include excellence in teach-
ing, contributions to University governance and contributions
outside the classroom.
Sheppard has been a member of the Southwestern faculty
since 1974 and has served as chair of the Music Department
twice, in addition to conducting the Southwestern Chorale. He
has also served as the artistic director for Chorus Austin, has
conducted the chorus for the Georgetown Festival of the Arts
since its inception in 2005, and has led a summer institute at
Southwestern that gives choral conductors professional instruc-
tion in the great choral/orchestral works of classical music.
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Fulbright Teaching Assistantships
Emily Gutzmer ’10, a double major in interna-
tional studies and German, Tanlyn Roelofs ’09,
an anthropology major with a minor in German,
and Zach Zeman ’10, a double major in music
education and German, were awarded Fulbright
English Teaching Assistantships in Germany for
the 2010–11 academic year.
“Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Awards offer
our students the opportunity to learn and teach
across cultures and boundaries, to become even
more proficient communicators, and to discover
their potential as cultural ambassadors and media-
tors,” says Erika Berroth, associate professor of
German.
Students selected for the Fulbright English
Teaching Assistantship Program receive round-
trip transportation to the host country, a salary
for the academic year based on living costs in the
host country, medical insurance and an allowance
for books and research.
This is the third consecutive year that
Southwestern students have received Fulbright
Teaching Assistantships. Carolyn Acker ’09 and
Erin Osterhaus ’09 spent the 2009–10 academic
year teaching in southern Germany and Jamie
Falconnier ’09 taught in Austria. Amy Tanguay
’08 and Chelsea Edge ’08 both taught in northern
Germany and are now in graduate programs in
the U.S.
Student-Faculty Archaeology
Collaboration in Italy
Junior Georgia LoSchiavo and Katherine
Maples ’10 spent part of the summer working
in a 2,000-year-old garden located in the ancient
Roman city of Stabiae, which was buried with the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Thomas Howe, professor of art history at
Southwestern and the coordinator general of the
Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation, has led
excavations at Stabiae since 1999. Most recently,
Howe oversaw the largest ever excavation at the
site. More than 100 students and researchers from
around the world participated, including some
of the foremost experts on garden archaeology.
Participants focused their efforts on a garden
about the size of a football field, that was part
of the Villa Arianna, one of four villas excavated
at the site.
In addition to working at the Villa Arianna at
Stabiae, LoSchiavo and Maples had the opportu-
nity to work at the House of the Large Fountain
in Pompeii.
For more information about Restoring Ancient
Stabiae Foundation, visit www.stabiae.com.
Sarah Gould-Stotts ’10 was one of 60 students named to the 2010 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, honoring students
who excel academically and benefit society by extending their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom.
	 “This is a huge honor,” says Roger Young, director of career services, who encouraged Gould-Stotts to apply. “Students from hundreds
of universities all over the country apply.” Gould-Stotts says, “I was very honored and excited to receive this recognition.”
	 A Paideia®
Scholar, Gould-Stotts graduated cum laude from Southwestern in May with a major in English and a minor in business.
While a student, she started the Mock Trial Team, helped revive the Brooks Prize Debate and started the Society of Young Women
Leaders organization to mentor local high school women.
	 Jennifer Knight ’00 was named to a USA Today All-USA College Academic Team in 2000.
All-USA College Academic Team
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Beading the Change
As early as middle school, sophomore Jenna
Gaska began volunteering in her hometown of
San Antonio.
Upon arriving at Southwestern, Gaska decided
to “Bead the Change” that she wanted to see in the
world, while simultaneously pursuing a double
major in biology and classics.
A member of Circle K International, a colle-
giate service organization with more than 13,000
members on 560 campuses worldwide, Gaska
started a project with an international focus.
On www.nabuur.com, a website that links
online volunteers with villages in Africa, Asia and
Latin America, she found Revelation Children’s
Ministries International. RCMI was looking for a
marketplace for their various hand made goods.
Gaska proposed a partnership with Circle K to
sell RCMI products in Georgetown.
Her project, “Bead the Change,” is aptly named.
Women in two remote, war-torn villages in Uganda
use recycled and purchased paper to make beads
and create one-of-a-kind jewelry, which Circle K
began selling on campus and at craft shows in
December 2009.
When Gaska began receiving requests from
other groups wanting to export their goods,
Circle K selected another organization in Uganda
called the Agoro Community Development
Association.
Both organizations provide financial assis-
tance to orphans and widows in the communi-
ties with whom they work. Many widows lost
their husbands in the tribal conflict that plagues
Northern Uganda. And children often lose their
parents to HIV/AIDS, forcing them to cope with
desperate poverty.
“They are trying to provide the orphans with
life skills that will allow them to support them-
selves,” says Gaska, who corresponds with many
villagers by letter, phone or e-mail.
She says the nearly $5,800 raised to date has
gone to Uganda to provide funds for education
and school supplies. She adds that her dream
is to go to Uganda to work with both groups in
person, either through a nonprofit organization
or by putting her biology degree to use doing
medical research.
“We never thought it would be that success-
ful,” says Gaska, who credits much of the
program’s success to members of Circle K and
other Southwestern students who have gotten
involved. “It just makes you really glad to know
you can make a difference...”
“They’re trying to make a child care center
with some of the money we’ve been able to raise
here on their behalf, and we are also trying to get
them a new sewing machine,” she says.
At Circle K International’s convention in August,
“Bead the Change” won 3rd place for best single
service project in 2009–10.
Gaska says she wants to continue the
program as long as Circle K is willing to help,
but she is already laying the groundwork for
future projects.
oncampus
“They are trying
to provide the
orphans with
life skills that
will allow them
to support
themselves.”
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Watch the video at
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beadthechange
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NNew Pirate Scoreboards
The Southwestern soccer and lacrosse programs
have a new 24’ x 13’ scoreboard, proof of the
Pirates’ ongoing efforts to improve the player and
spectator experience at Southwestern.
The state-of-the-art LED scoreboard is keeping
with green initiatives happening across campus.
The baseball and softball programs also have
received new scoreboards over the past few
years. The three new devices use less electricity
combined than was used by the former baseball
scoreboard alone.
The previous soccer scoreboard had been used
since 1993, where it stood on Moses Field before
being relocated to the current soccer/lacrosse
field.
The Women’s Soccer Team initiated the new
scoreboard on Sept. 6, when they took on Texas
Lutheran University.
Pirates Set Academic Record
Southwestern placed a school record 101
student-athletes on the 2010 Southern Collegiate
Athletic Conference (SCAC) Spring Academic
Honor Roll. The SCAC, comprised of 13 schools,
named a record 1,077 student-athletes to the 2010
Academic Honor Roll, eclipsing the previous
record of 1,029 student-athletes, set in 2009.
To qualify, a student-athlete must retain a
minimum GPA of 3.25 for the term and be a
regular member of a varsity athletics team in a
sport sponsored by the SCAC. Since the inception
of the Honor Roll in fall 1997, just under 16,600
SCAC student-athletes have achieved recognition
for their contributions in the classroom.
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See scenes from the
sidelines at
www.southwestern.
edu/piratesoccer
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Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar
Anthony “A.C.” Cox ’10 was named one of 12
men’s basketball players nationally, throughout
all athlete divisions, as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports
Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
magazine. Cox is the lone SCAC representative
on the list.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education “estab-
lished the Sports Scholars Awards to honor
undergraduate students of color who have
made achieving both academically and athleti-
cally a winning combination.” To be eligible,
students must compete in an intercollegiate
sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least
3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their
communities.
As a Southwestern student, Cox majored in
business and was a leader on the Pirate men’s
basketball team, helping the team achieve one
of its best records, culminating in a return to the
SCAC Tournament. He averaged just under seven
points per game and led the team in assists with
75, while shooting 43 percent from the floor. (See
Cox’s Senior Story on Page 27.)
National Honor Society
Twenty-five Pirate athletes representing 14
sports were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma
National College Athlete Honor Society for the
2009–10 academic year. The Honor Society is
devoted to recognizing student-athletes nation-
ally who have excelled in the classroom as well
as their sport. To be a member of this prestigious
group, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior,
must have earned a varsity letter and must have
a GPA of 3.4 or better.
women’s basketball: The Pirate women finished the
season in fourth place in the SCAC West, qualifying for the
conference tournament. Junior Shae Seagraves was named
Second Team All-SCAC and junior Staley Mullins was named
All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Senior Jessica Herbst was named
to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Three Pirates broke a total
of seven school records during the season: Seagraves—most
points in a game, most field goals made in a game, and most
field goals attempted in a season. Mullins—highest field goal
percentage in a game and most blocks in a game. Herbst—most
three point field goals made in a game and most three point
field goals attempted in a game. Former coach and player Kerri
Brinkoeter ’95 has returned to the court as Head Coach for
the 2010–11 season.
men’s basketball: The Pirate men went 16-10 for
the 2009–10 season, finishing second in the SCAC West
and reaching the conference tournament. Junior Jonathan
Brown was named Second Team All-SCAC while senior
Travis Barber, senior Zach Bergstrom and junior Nick
Caputo were named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Senior
A.C. Cox was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
women’s golf: Helping the team finish third in the SCAC and
place fifth at the National Tournament, senior Kristen Davenport
shot a hole-in-one on a 135-yard par 3. She was named All-Region,
All-Scholastic and First Team All-American. Senior Cody Wallace
and first-year Kelsey Coburn were named All-Region. Wallace
was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
men’s golf: SCAC Co-Champions, the men’s team earned its
first team tie for the conference title in the 19-year history of the
SCAC Men’s Golf Championships. Senior Ricky Jones finished
second at the SCAC Championships, was named All-Region and
named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. First-Year James
Charles finished third at the SCAC Championships and was
named the SCAC Male Freshman Golfer of the Year.
women’s track: The women’s track team finished ninth in
the SCAC Championships, breaking Southwestern records and
posting personal and season best times. Sophomore Taylin Eckols
had a Southwestern record-breaking javelin throw of 30.44
meters. The women’s 4×4 relay team, consisting of sophomore
Kelly Myers, senior Tami Warner, sophomore Dianna Urrego
and first-year Christina Hadly, set a new Southwestern record,
taking sixth with a time of 4:17.51. Warner was named to the
SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
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men’s track: The men finished sixth at the SCAC
Championships. Senior Avery Sheppard finished second in the
400m dash with a time of 49.87. The men’s 4×4 relay team
came in fifth place with a time of 3:30.18, while first-year Sam
Martinez earned sixth place with a time of 15:49.78 in the men’s
five kilometer run. Senior Josh Gideon was named to the SCAC
All-Sportsmanship Team.
men’s swimming: In his first year with the men’s and
women’s programs, Head Coach Dan Carrington took both teams
to eighth place at SCAC Championships. The men’s team finished
21st in the nation for team GPA. Junior Josh Stanfield was named
to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
women’s swimming: The team finished eighth at the SCAC
Championships. Junior Bailey Thompson and sophomore Sarah
Ayers were named Honorable Mention Academic All-Americans
and the team finished 52nd in the nation for team GPA. First-
Year Elizabeth Lewis broke three individual school records: 500
Freestyle (5:19.4), 1000 Freestyle (11:07.6) and 400 Individual
Medley (4:42.5). Senior Anya Lopez-Fuentez was named to the
SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
men’s lacrosse: In the inaugural season of varsity lacrosse
at Southwestern, first-year Jamie Long and junior Thomas Mock
earned Second Team All-SCAC honors. Sophomore Jack Parker
was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
softball: In its second season, the team finished third in the
SCAC West and went on to become Conference Champions,
ending the season ranked 23rd in the nation, with a record of
33-13. Sophomore Lyndsy Maus was named to the All-Tournament
Team. Maus, senior Katelyn Gola, and first-year Haley Hughes
were named Second Team All-SCAC. Gola and Hughes were
named Third Team All-Region. Sophomore Alyson Pulver, first-
year Kara Soloman and sophomore Taylor Turpin were named
All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Turpin was named to the SCAC
All-Sportsmanship Team. Coach Angela Froboese was named
SCAC Coach-of-the-Year for the second year in a row.
baseball: Junior Kyle Belski, senior Todd Boone, first-
year Charlie Garrett and sophomore Nate Shipp were named
All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Boone was also named to the
SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
women’s tennis: The team finished sixth in the SCAC,
sophomore Victoria DeLeon was named to the All-SCAC
Team and senior Mary Pennington was named to the SCAC
All-Tournament Team. Senior Emily Gutzmer was named to the
SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
men’s tennis: The team finished 10th in the SCAC, and
junior D’Artagnan Bebel and sophomore Alex Lam were named
All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Bebel was named to the SCAC
All-Tournament singles team and the doubles team with partner,
sophomore Alexander Reisch. Sophomore Andrew Olsson was
named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
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A
According to the 2007 U.S. Census, nearly 23
percent of children under the age of 18 have at
least one immigrant parent, and 12.6 percent of the
U.S. population—nearly 38 million people—are
foreign born. However, the modern immigrant
experience is not often explored in depth in the
popular media. So, as a Japanese-born immigrant
having grown up in middle-America, I was espe-
cially intrigued to read Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The
Namesake and watch Mira Nair’s film of the same
name, which promised to explore the experi-
ences of the American-born Gogol Ganguli and
his Indian-born parents, Ashima and Ashoke.
The story begins with young Ashima, fresh
from India and pregnant, in the kitchen attempt-
ing to recreate a common Indian snack out of Rice
Krispies and chopped red onion. I empathized
immediately; I remembered my mother trying
to make nikuman, a savory roll filled with pork,
with Pillsbury biscuit dough out of a can. They
both felt the ache of something missing, of things
being not quite right.
After giving birth, Ashima and Ashoke are asked
to choose a name for their son. Though unpre-
pared to do so, they choose the “casual” name,
Gogol, with the promise of a more formal name
to come. Named after the Russian novelist Nikolai
Gogol, it’s a strange name for an Indian boy in
America, but has emotional significance for his
father. Slowly, the story transitions to the point
of view of Gogol, who grows up feeling caught
between two worlds and unable to reconcile his
American upbringing with his Indian roots.
In college, Gogol symbolically discards his
casual name in favor of his formal name, Nikhil,
in an effort to redefine his identity. Initially, he
attempts to abandon his Indian heritage altogether
by living with his girlfriend, Maxine, and her
family. They are casual, comfortable with them-
selves and supremely confident. It is interesting
to note that years earlier on a visit to India, he
saw this confidence in his own parents. Lahiri
writes, “Within minutes, before their eyes Ashoke
and Ashima slip into bolder, less complicated
versions of themselves, their voices louder, their
smiles wider, revealing a confidence Gogol and
Sonia (his sister) never see on Pemberton Road.”
Gogol longs for this confidence in his own life.
He lives in his fantasy for a while but when his
father dies unexpectedly, he is wrenched back to
reality and begins to see that Maxine is ignorant
and insensitive to his Indian heritage, which he
finds he cannot fully abandon. They break up
and he begins to date an Indian immigrant much
like himself.
Lahiri never fully explores the complexity of
Gogol’s emotions during his identity crises, but
instead provides enough detail to allow the reader
to feel those emotions herself. I empathized with
Gogol through much of the book; though we may
gain more confidence in the totality of who we
are, there will always be awkwardness and times
when we feel like outsiders.
The film version of The Namesake, directed
by 2010 Writer’s Voice speaker Mira Nair, stays
faithful to the book, beautifully capturing the
details that Lahiri describes so well and that are
important in understanding the experience of
living in a foreign culture. Lahiri says of Nair,
“I cannot think of anyone else who would have
been able to internalize my novel, to take the
essence of my novel, and transpose it the way
she has done.”
In America, there is often a stereotyped and
negative view of immigrants from the outside,
whether Middle Eastern, Latino or French. The
Namesake provides an opportunity to view the
everyday, personal experiences of immigrants
from the inside. I recommend both the book and
the film to anyone who wants to better under-
stand what it’s like to live as an immigrant or what
it’s like to be split between two cultures, and to
anyone wanting to read a good novel about the
evolution of family dynamics.
The Namesake
Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
Film by Mira Nair, 2010 Writer’s Voice speaker
Review by Fumiko Futamura, assistant professor of mathematics
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Behind the curtain
of a photo booth, one can
become (on film) who he
or she wants to be. On the
Southwestern campus,
students can—and
do—become who they
want to be. Here, lives are
transformed.
lives
ormed
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The circus! “I want to join the circus,” I said. My
parents brought me to Southwestern—almost
literally kicking and screaming—instead. Now,
there is nowhere on earth I would rather be.
I knew I wanted to study psychology. What
I didn’t know was that psychology would become
my life or that my fellow research assistants
would become like family. I spent my last year
at Southwestern studying ways to improve misper-
ceptions of shy people—something I’ve struggled
with myself—in (Professor of Psychology) Dr.
Traci Giuliano’s research lab, where we managed
to design, run and analyze six different studies.
Don’t get me wrong; it was hard work, but
I certainly wasn’t chained to the lab the whole
time. In my free time, I took photographs at
countless skate parks in the area. And, if school-
work ever got overwhelming, I’d combat it with
a healthy dose of “Fort Awesome”—thankfully,
Southwestern is probably one of the few institu-
tions of higher learning where you can comman-
deer a library study room, build a blanket fort
and have a marathon homework party. It has to
be the only college where it’s possible to meet at
a coffee shop for (Associate Professor of English)
Dr. David Gaines’ famous “Dylan” class, run into
the President of the University, and convince him
to join the group and divulge that his favorite
movie is Legends of the Fall.
You’d never know it by looking at me, but I’m a
nerd to my very core. On top of research, I piled
on the extracurriculars. The most noteworthy was
The Megaphone, Southwestern’s official news-
paper. I began as a writer and photographer and
snagged a section editor spot as a sophomore. Not
only was The Megaphone a great work experience,
it was a source of constant entertainment. It’s the
only on-campus job where you have impromptu
raves while Photoshopping pictures of President
Obama in an apron. It also allowed me to attend a
newspaper conference in San Diego, Calif., and to
obtain a press pass for Austin’s 2009 FunFunFun
Fest, where I photographed the bands Ratatat,
Danzig, Astronautalis and Of Montreal.
As an intern for the Williamson County Public
Information Office, I wrote press releases and
helped prepare for the launch of their new
mental health website—a job I found through
Southwestern’s Office of Career Services. In
summer 2009, thanks to Dr. Giuliano’s great
connections, I interned at LifeWorks, Austin’s only
nonprofit social services agency and an amazing
place that inspired me to pursue a career in social
work. I saw the inner-workings of an agency that
was making a difference in people’s lives and
I knew that I wanted to be part of something
similar. As a result, I’ve headed just south to The
University of Texas at Austin for the Master’s in
Social Work program.
UT’s program is one of the best in the country,
but somewhere in the back of my mind I think
I’m here because I’m not yet ready to be too far
from Southwestern.
whitney
{ }laashometown: Brookshire
major: Psychology
I never got into intramurals, but I
loved being “Seeker” whenever someone
would start the occasional Quidditch
match on the mall.
26 SouthwesternMagazine
Today, I’m more confident than ever in my
leadership skills and my ability to take on new
challenges. My Southwestern Experience helped
develop my character as well as my life skills,
both analytically and socially. Most significantly,
I developed many long-lasting relationships with
fellow students and campus staff that I know will
continue long after graduation.
The “defining moment” that started my trans-
formation was the “Pirate Training” dance contest
during freshman orientation. I knew I was a pretty
good dancer but was never one to show off, espe-
cially in front of hundreds of other students.
However, I also knew this was an opportunity
to start making a name for myself.
I went down onto the court and did my thing.
I won the contest and soon after, I became known
as “the guy who can dance.” That was just the
beginning...that experience helped me build the
self-esteem I needed to become an active student
on campus. Ever since, I have accepted the role
and responsibility to be a leader, whether in the
classroom, on the court or in the community.
In my four years at Southwestern, I was very
active in the Pirate community, especially in
athletics. When I wasn’t focused on school-
work, I enjoyed playing basketball, working out
(anything that keeps the body fit) and playing
“Catch Phrase” with my friends. When I got
stressed, I would try to read the Bible or take a
break to call my parents.
As a member of the men’s basketball team
(captain my junior and senior year), I was chosen
to be a Southwestern representative for the NCAA
Leadership Conference, held in Orlando, Fla.,
in June 2008. I received SCAC all-conference
recognition my junior year and was voted to the
All-Conference Sportsmanship Team my junior
and senior year. In addition, I received the Tex
Kassen Male Athlete of the Year award in 2009.
(See also Athletics, Page 21.)
I was also involved with the Southwestern
Intramural and Recreational Activities (SIRA)
program and worked as an intramural supervisor
for three years.
As a member of the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes (FCA) and as president of the organiza-
tion for two years, I had the honor of speaking at
the annual FCA banquet in Austin alongside Colt
McCoy, former UT quarterback.
These experiences enabled me to become a
more outspoken and influential leader, not just on
campus but also in the community. As a mentor
at Georgetown’s Annie Purl Elementary School,
I visited the school at least once a week.
I am now more confident in my decision-
making skills and not afraid to step out on a limb
when it comes time to stand up for something
I believe in. I strongly believe that Southwestern
equipped me with the skills—both academically
and socially—to be successful in life, and prepared
me to make a difference wherever I go. Where’s
that? To be determined...possibly business school
or seminary.
{ }
a.c.cox
hometown: Flower Mound
major: Business
I was blessed at Southwestern to be
surrounded by coaches, teachers and
friends who cared about me and about the
person I will become.
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kimberly griffin
{ }hometown: Rockwall
major: Environmental Studies/Spanish
As I look back on my Southwestern Experience,
I realize my worldview has changed a lot.
My liberal arts education has shown me that
much is missed about the big picture when
something is dissected or isolated from other
related elements.
The only reason anything has meaning is
because it has a relationship to something
else—another person, place, idea or perspective.
I came to this understanding through my collec-
tive experiences at Southwestern, starting in my
First-Year Seminar when we studied Deleuze and
Guattari’s Rhizome.
I became involved with Students for
Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK)
and quickly declared Environmental Studies as my
major, excited that my studies would be closely
tied to my activism. I especially liked tackling
issues from an interdisciplinary approach.
When I applied for the Paideia Program the
second semester of my first year, I really didn’t
know what I was getting into, but that intrigued
me. My cohort of seven students included majors
in theatre, physics, political science, computer
science, math and international studies. We
studied with Dr. Kim Smith, professor of art
history. I think having different perspectives
was one of the most valuable aspects of Paideia.
Because our cohort was together for three years,
we were able to get to know each other really
well, and transcended traditional academic disci-
plines in our discussions about issues happening
inside and outside the classroom.
I was forced to think about what “environ-
mental studies” really meant when I began plan-
ning the first Youth Environmental Summit for
high school students. I really wanted to show
younger students that environmental issues can
be understood through a variety of disciplines
and perspectives, and that you don’t have to be
a scientist to make a difference. Ultimately, the
summit was a big part of my academic develop-
ment. It forced me to think about the ways in
which environmental issues can or should be
analyzed and communicated.
During a semester abroad in Cuernavaca,
Mexico, my view of environmental studies was
broadened even further as I was exposed to
a different type of learning. About half of our
class time was spent analyzing texts and theories
much like my classes at Southwestern, but the
other half was spent visiting sacred sites, murals
or fields, and learning from Mexicans who had
personal experiences with the topic at hand. The
most useful part of this educational model was
drawing connections between the global issues
we studied and the local manifestations of such
phenomena. This solidified my belief that when
studying complex issues such as environmental
degradation and social injustice, it is necessary
to have a broad view encompassing interconnec-
tions between the issues.
Over the summer, I remained on campus
working with Bob Mathis, associate vice president
for facilities and campus services. I’ve recently
accepted a position as Development Associate
with Austin Habitat for Humanity where I’ll
get to use my Spanish, and put my global view
to work for the betterment of humankind. I’m
really excited!
Through Paideia®
, I gained friends that
shared my intellectual curiosity. That's
been a really important part of my
liberal arts education.
28 SouthwesternMagazine
The things I liked to do at Southwestern: learn
about science, think about writing a chil-
dren’s book about science, learn to dance, watch
and talk about TEDtalks, improvise and write.
Seriously, Southwestern was great because it
confused the hell out of me...for a while. While
I perpetually sipped Yerba Maté, Southwestern
deconstructed my world and helped put it back
together again. College was a tumultuous time
as I tried to understand what it means to see the
world through modern-scientific eyes, how it
gets deconstructed by postmodernism, and how
we can move forward gracefully. The magic of
Southwestern is that in the midst of the philo-
sophical turmoil it precipitates, it provides wildly
synergistic opportunities to untangle the mess
of our modern dilemmas. While some classes
deconstructed the cultural basis of western
science, Students for Environmental Activism
and Knowledge (SEAK) used physics, chemistry
and biology to make the case for sustainability.
Fortunately, Southwestern also provided me
with opportunities for fun—running around
in the sun (usually with a lacrosse stick), doing
improv ’till the wee hours with Cooper Street,
making breakfast burritos and learning that the
universe is pretty similar to Mycellium.
It all started when I read both Ishmael and
Into the Wild and was convinced that moder-
nity was cursed by capitalism and an atomistic
worldview. I told my parents I was going to buy
a plane ticket to Alaska rather than return to
Southwestern. They begged me to stick with it...
at least until I got a degree. Ultimately, I stayed
with my physics courses, and low and behold,
I received a research grant from Southwestern
to travel to Alaska during summer 2009 with
(Associate Professor of Physics) Dr. Bill O’Brien.
The grant sponsored my senior research project
to investigate methods of increasing the efficiency
of photovoltaic cells. It was science, sustainability
and Alaska! What more could I ask for? Needless
to say, it was infinitely more rewarding to be in
Alaska as a scientist than as a bum.
As things stand, I’m taking my physics degree
and my quirky habits—making funny faces when
friends aren’t looking and folding whatever piece
of paper is in front of me into a crane or a box—to
New Mexico State University to study chemi-
cal engineering. Specifically, I’m interested in
researching low-technology methods of securing
and purifying water that can be used in develop-
ing nations. I should know soon whether I’ve
received a grant from the New Mexico Rotary
Club to take my research to Argentina in 2011,
where water shortages are beginning to affect
rural communities. It’s a way of taking the best
of science and using it to sustain the diversity and
sovereignty of some remarkable cultures.
It’s tough to put a price tag on an education,
but as a Southwesten graduate, I now feel like a
capable, modern citizen. By understanding the
basis of the assumptions that have shaped the
present world, I think we can move forward with
more enlightened decisions and incorporate the
health and well-being of an increased number
of Earth’s residents. I think that’s my goal, and
I hope it all works out.
{ }hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
major: Physics
connor
hanrahan
The defining moment of my Southwestern
Experience was Paideia®
. The program
was an irreplaceable part of my education.
Paideia teaches a lesson of balance...that
begins with authentic dialogue... This is a
discussion that I want to be a part of.
29FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
30 SouthwesternMagazine
A.	Maria Cuevas
	 specialty:
reproductive
	 endocrinology
B.	Rebecca Sheller’82
	 specialty:
cellular
	 neurobiology
C.	Maria Todd
	 specialty:
molecular genetics
	 of cancer
Photograph by Lance Holt
LifeattheMolecularLevel
a			 midst a lab filled with
light and laughter, there’s serious work to be
done. Picture three women talking, laughing,
even crying over life’s day-to-day events, all
while working together to find something that
may someday provide answers to the seemingly
endless questions the world has about the causes
of and cures for breast cancer.
Maria Cuevas, Rebecca Sheller ’82 and
Maria Todd, associate professors of biology at
Southwestern, have worked as a research team
since the summer of 2008, with the philosophy
that “three quirky heads are better than one.”
Among them, they have three significant others,
three children and quite literally a menagerie of
household pets, not to mention three doctoral
degrees, 36 years of combined teaching and
research experience (at Southwestern alone)
and a host of published scientific papers. They
even say they’d like to take a tap dancing class
together, “if we’re the only ones in the class,”
laughs Cuevas.
In August 2009, Todd and Cuevas (aka “the
Marias”) received a nearly $99,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation as part of its Major
Research Instrumentation Program. “We were in
short supply of equipment,” says Todd. “Some say
your research is only as good as your instrumenta-
tion, so we used the grant to purchase three new
pieces of equipment right away.”
Thanks to the grant, the Southwestern molecu-
lar biology labs now feature three new instru-
ments that enable researchers to investigate the
behavior of normal cells verses that of cancer
cells—a cell counter, a phase contrast microscope
and a flow cytometer. “The new microscope is
connected to a computer so that the enlarged
images of cells can be shared with others on the
monitor (or in print). It’s a great teaching tool,”
says Sheller.
In addition to the equipment being available
for their biology and chemistry colleagues to
utilize, Cuevas says, “It allows for an enhanced lab
experience for our upper-level classes. Students
are becoming better trained and familiar with
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) equipment.
It’s beneficial for them to be exposed to these
types of instruments and their uses as they apply
to graduate programs.”
What began in 2004 as a research idea by Todd
and two Paideia®
students, became an oppor-
tunity to do research that may someday lead
to gene therapy for cancer. Cuevas, Todd and
Sheller, along with two students each year, are
studying claudin-3, a protein found in the tight
junctions that link adjacent cells together and
prevent leakage between cellular layers. These
junctions ensure the correct compartmentaliza-
tion and functioning of tissues and organs.
“We are studying the effects of elevated versus
normal levels of claudin-3 protein on cell-to-cell
adherence and communication in normal and
breast cancer cells,” says Todd. “The challenge of
molecular biology,” adds Sheller, “is that investiga-
tions of small, invisible molecules must be done
indirectly, using multiple controls.”
Todd explains, “Basic research like ours is
important because it can lead to broad ramifica-
tions for multiple subdisciplines. But, it’s not an
overnight process, and nothing is done in isola-
tion—we regularly present our data and receive
feedback from our peers at conferences, in addi-
tion to monitoring relevant research literature
and staying up-to-date with developments in new
technologies.”
According to their colleague, Associate Professor
of Biology Martín Gonzalez, “This collaboration
is distinctive because Drs. Sheller and Cuevas
are not trained cancer researchers. Yet I believe
they bring a unique perspective to the research,
LifeattheMolecularLevel
31FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
inspiring hope
Student-Focused
based on their areas of expertise, that is invaluable
to this collaboration. Their work will provide a
foundation for other researchers to build on, and
will bring recognition to Southwestern.”
Todd adds, “Ultimately we need to help bridge
the gap between the bench and the bedside,
meaning researchers need to work together with
physicians to facilitate the translation of research
findings into new clinical practices.”
Student-Focused
Sheller, an active member of Project Kaleidoscope
(PKAL)—an organization that promotes best prac-
tices to build and sustain strong undergraduate
programs in the fields of science, technology, engi-
neering and mathematics—says PKAL encourages
collaboration among students and advocates more
dialog in classroom. “However,” she says, “if the
classroom is too interactive, you lose scientific
content. The lab is the more social and interactive
time, and reinforces and makes real the informa-
tion students have learned in class.”
Todd adds, “As a researcher, you have to be opti-
mistic, hopeful, a cheerleader, and have a sense of
humor.” While the team enjoys working together
in the lab, they agree that the opportunity to teach
and work with undergraduate students is the
reason they’ve chosen to be at Southwestern.
“Not only is this a group of impressive research-
ers, they are all phenomenal instructors as well.
Students benefit tremendously from their passion
for teaching and will benefit greatly from the
research collaboration,” says Gonzalez.
One such student—now alumna—is Brytanie
Piana Marshall ’08, a third-year medical student
at The University of Texas Health Science Center at
San Antonio. “It’s hard not to fall in love with Dr.
Todd,” Marshall says. “She’s the whole package...a
genius in terms of professionalism, education,
confidence, intelligence and integrity.”
Marshall began working in Todd’s lab during
summer 2007 and says she quickly “became my
personal mentor, helping me learn to take a compli-
ment...to be gracious. Most important though, Dr.
Todd taught me what it means to be a scientist
with integrity.”
One can have faith in Todd’s science and in her
results, Marshall insists. “You can trust her science
because she lives with integrity in all aspects
of her life. She represents herself, her staff and
Southwestern very well.” Even today, Marshall
says she often asks herself, “How would Dr. Todd
handle this?”
Another alumna, Katy Eby ’04, feels “lucky to
have been guided by Dr. Sheller’s expertise in class
scheduling and career options, and encouraged
to expand upon my experiences through under-
graduate research.” She says, "From the moment
I met Dr. Sheller, I was immediately inspired. The
enthusiasm and energy she exhibits is contagious,
and her methods of teaching allowed for a seamless
transition from the classroom to the practicality
of bench work.”
Eby, who received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from
Vanderbilt University earlier this year and is now
working toward her M.D. at Vanderbilt, expands,
“Dr. Sheller was the epitome of a scientific mentor,
balancing masterful classroom skills with excel-
lence in basic scientific research. The clear enjoy-
ment she radiates while performing her many
roles at Southwestern was influential in making
my decision to become a physician-scientist.”
A current student reaping the benefits of the
NSF grant is senior Andrea Holland. “I have worked
with Dr. Cuevas for two years—it’s amazing how
much she’s helped me grow as a scientist,” she says.
“She was patient with me through all of my novice
blunders and has helped me see that research can
be fun! She is always positive and energetic in
the lab, which makes me excited about the work
we’re doing.”
In the 2010 spring semester, Holland began
working with Cuevas on the claudin-3 research
and is anxious to see the results they find in the
next semester. She says, “It is a privilege to be
able to work on a project like this because of the
impact it could have on the scientific community.
Working with such a prodigious scientist as Dr.
Cuevas has added to my experience tenfold.”
inspiring hope
In fall 2009, Todd, Cuevas and Sheller received
the “Inspiring Hope” award from the Breast Cancer
Resource Centers of Texas. Marjorie Galleece, the
organization’s director of navigation services, as
well as a survivor, patient advocate, educator and
fundraiser, says, “The kind of research Dr. Todd
and her fellow researchers are doing is moving the
focus of cancer ‘upstream’ where it needs to be
if there’s to be any significant progress made in
eradicating cancer.” Cuevas says, “The survivors
are our inspiration to do our research.”
Many others are also inspired by the team.
Gonzalez explains, “Drs. Todd, Cuevas and Sheller
are showing that collaboration can work, even at
a smaller liberal arts university like Southwestern.
They are working with each others’ strengths and
making the collaboration look seamless.”
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RebeccaSheller’82
·has2rotweilersandapeekapoo
·lovestogetdirty(gardening),likes
theoutdoors&camping
·oddestpet—chickens
MariaTodd
·fromLondon,butpeoplesayshesounds
Australian(orOklahoman)
·alatinamericandancer
·2010SUTeachingAwardrecipient
MariaCuevas
·usedtoworkwith&studydogfishsharks
·oddestpet—vegetariangecko(eatsbabyfood)
·adessertconnoisseur
TTraci Giuliano, professor of psychology and recipi-
ent of both Southwestern’s 2010 Excellence in
Academic Advising and 2010 Teaching Awards,
has an intimidating list of credentials to her name.
Most recently, she has been named holder of the
John H. Ducan Chair and has received her second
Southwestern University Teaching Award since
joining the faculty in 1994. But, as she stands in
her bare feet, proudly displaying the pictures of
former research students that adorn the walls of
her research lab, Giuliano is far from intimidating.
In fact, her enthusiasm is infectious. “When I was
an undergraduate student at UT,” she says, “my
mentor—now a social psychologist at Harvard
University—treated me like a graduate student;
my ideas were equal to theirs and his. I appreci-
ated it so much that I immediately knew I wanted
to treat my students the same way—as equals.”
In her 16 years at Southwestern, that’s exactly
what she’s done, and the results have not gone
unnoticed.
Giuliano’s students have done extremely well
in national research paper competitions, spon-
sored by Psi Chi, the national psychology honor
society, with 10 students placing in these competi-
tions over the last 12 years. Most recently, Stacy
Mathis ’10 placed first in the Psi Chi/J.P Guilford
Undergraduate Research Awards competition. She
is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in counsel-
ing psychology at Texas Tech University. Kathryn
Bollich ’10 placed second in the Psi Chi/Allyn
& Bacon Psychology Award competition and
received a full scholarship to attend Washington
University in St. Louis, where she is enrolled in
the Ph.D. program in social psychology.
“I have really high expectations for my students
and for myself,” says Giuliano. “I tell them that
they will work harder in my lab than they ever
have before, but that the rewards will also be
better. I work hand-
in-hand with them
in the trenches,” she
says.aa “I give lots of
feedback, but I won’t
rewrite a sentence for
them. This enables
them to be indepen-
dent when I’m not
around.” In preparing
competition papers, students often write 20, 30
or even 40 drafts before they are ready for submis-
sion. “By the time they get to graduate school,”
says Giuliano, “they may only need to write 20
drafts to get it right.”
Whitney Laas ’10, currently pursuing a Master
of Science in Social Work at The University of
“By the time they get to
graduate school, they may
only need to write 20
drafts to get it right.”
Tough Professor =
Award-Winning Students
by Shannon Hicks ’12
2010 graduates Kathryn
Bollich, Stacy Mathis and
Whitney Laas (pictured with
Professor of Psychology Traci
Giuliano) presented a poster at
Southwestern’s annual Student
Works Symposium in April.
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academicsinfocus
Texas at Austin, says “Unlike most other under-
graduate students, with Dr. Giuliano I had the
chance to design and conduct several studies with
my fellow research assistants. We were able to
draft manuscripts of our own original research.
Students from her lab end up leaving with a thor-
ough understanding of
the research process
and a realistic idea
of what the graduate
workload is like.” (See
Laas’ Senior Story on
Page 26.)
Giuliano says her
emphasis on realis-
tic preparation is the
reason that, “When my students get to graduate
school, their mentors write and thank me for
sending them a second- or-third-year graduate
student. They’re in classes with more advanced
graduate students who ask for their advice.”
As her students complete graduate school and
go on to pursue careers in the psychology field,
they and Giuliano often stay in touch. “We form
lifelong relationships,” she says. “Ten years later,
we still keep in touch.” It is the close bond that
she has with her students that Giuliano says has
made it easy to be successful.
“Dr. Giuliano is probably the toughest professor
I had while at Southwestern, but it is because
she genuinely sees potential in her students and
wants them to reach that potential,” says Mathis.
“We had some pretty fun times too. We ate a ton
of junk food, listened to music and just talked
about life. Dr. G is definitely on my list of the top
five things I miss about Southwestern.”
It is clear that Giuliano and her students adore
each other and that their love of psychology and
dedication to the practice has culminated during
their years together at Southwestern. “Mentoring
future scholars is the best part of what I do,”
says Giuliano.
“We ate a ton of junk food,
listened to music and
just talked about life.”
Deaf and Disability Studies,
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
edited by Susan Burch
and Alison Kafer, associate
professor of feminist studies
The Friends We Keep; Unleashing
Christianity’s Compassion for Animals
by Laura Hobgood-Oster,
professor of religion
Reading Michael Chabon
by Helene Meyers,
professor of english
Siva’s Demon Devotee;
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
by Elaine Craddock,
professor of religion
Thoreau’s Democratic
Withdrawal; Alienation,
Participation and Modernity
by Shannon L. Mariotti, assistant
professor of political science
White Chief, Black Lords;
Shepstone & the Colonial State in
Natal, South Africa, 1845–1878
by Thomas V. McClendon,
professor of history
34 SouthwesternMagazine
FacultyWorks
Outside the Classroom
Now that I’ve been President of The
Association for a year, I thought I’d share
a bit of my Southwestern Experience.
The year was 1959. The Korean War was six
years past and the Vietnam lottery draft wouldn’t
begin for another decade. As a first-year student
at Southwestern, it was an idyllic time.
There were less than 600 students, equally male
and female, with a balanced academic distribution
between arts, sciences and the humanities. Men
were active in athletics, both varsity and intramu-
ral, and there was a robust Greek system. It was a
time of personal engagement. No cell phones or
e-mail meant that we talked to each other face-
to-face. We were a tight-knit community.
In the 40 plus years since graduating, things
have changed at Southwestern. The campus
community has grown and is more diverse, the
athletics program has exploded with more varsity
sports engaging talented young men and women.
These memories, our growth, the quality of the
academic program and alumni opportunities for
personal growth are what motivate me.
As one of your representatives on the Board of
Trustees, I want you to know that while I value
Southwestern’s past, much about Southwestern’s
future excites me, including:
Gradually growing the student body to•	
1,500–1,600 students while maintain-
ing a ratio of 10–12 students per faculty
member.
Investing in the development of excep-•	
tional Southwestern faculty and staff.
Supporting the growth of the University’s•	
athletics programs and facilities.
Raising the visibility of the University to•	
improve our competitiveness in attracting
the best new students and enabling alumni
to enter preferred graduate programs, find
jobs and lead fulfilling lives.
Marshalling the resources to capture the•	
potential of the Greek System.
You, too, can be involved in shaping
Southwestern’s future by:
Participating in a Local Association, Alumni•	
Connection Group or Class Reunion.
Attending Volunteer Leadership Weekend,•	
January 28–29, 2011.
Referring prospective students.•	
Financially supporting your Alma Mater•	
with gifts directed to programs you wish
to support.
Your Alumni Council and Alumni Assembly
encourage you to be an “activist” for Southwestern.
To contribute your “time, talent and treasure” in
ways that reward you. To learn more and to get
involved, contact the Office of Alumni Relations
by e-mailing alumni@southwestern.edu, calling
800-960-6363 or visiting http://sualumni.net.
Make a difference in Southwestern’s future!
Steve Raben ’63
President, The Association of Southwestern
University Alumni
Association
of Southwestern University Alumni
The
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President
Steve Raben ’63
President-Elect
Blake Stanford ’81
Class Relations Chair
Nisa Sharma ’92
Nominations and Awards Chair
Rev. Dr. Paul Barton ’83
Homecoming and Reunions Chair
Sarah Walthall Norris ’68
Local Associations Chair
Maxie Duran Hardin ’73
Alumni Connection Groups Chair
Katherine Merrill Andre ’99
Assembly Program Chair
Rev. Milton Jordan ’62
Assembly Program Chair-Elect
Yesenia Garcia ’03
Alumni Communications Chair
Lisa Dreishmire ’91
Lifelong Learning Chair
Ken Holley ’71
At-Large Member
John Dapper ’91
At-Large Member
Theodore Caryl ’76
Trustee Representative
John Curry ’70
Student Representative
Zoe Martin ’12
Alumni Council
Fifth Annual Volunteer
Leadership Weekend
Volunteer Leadership Weekend
will mark its fifth anniversary by
inviting alumni, parent, faculty
and staff volunteers to campus
Jan. 28–29, 2011, to receive train-
ing in areas in which they are
currently engaged or for which
they have expressed interest.
This informative and produc-
tive weekend will provide an
opportunity for volunteers to
meet one another, share and
generate ideas, and plan for the
year ahead. If you are interested
in planning your class reunion,
building a local association,
forming an alumni connection
group, recruiting prospec-
tive students or assisting with
University fundraising initia-
tives, you will not want to miss
this weekend. Volunteers work
collaboratively with the Offices
of Admission, Alumni and Parent
Relations, Annual Giving and
Development. For more infor-
mation, contact the Office of
Alumni and Parent Relations at
alumni@southwestern.edu or
800-960-6363.
Delta Delta Delta
Centennial Celebration
The Theta Epsilon Chapter of
Delta Delta Delta is approach-
ing its 100th anniversary. A
celebrationisscheduledforMarch
25–27, 2011, at Southwestern. The
Centennial Planning Committee,
chaired by Jean Janssen ’84,
started planning early to make
this a memorable event. Tri-Delta
alumnae are encouraged to mark
their calendars and make plans
to attend this special occasion.
To learn about the Centennial
Celebration or to volunteer, visit
http://sualumni.net/TriDelta.
Higher Education on
the Texas Frontier
T h e A s s o c i a t i o n o f
Southwestern University
Alumni presents the 2011
Alumni Assembly Program,
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 Amalfi The Divine Coast 
“Higher Education on the
Texas Frontier: Southwestern
and 1870s Williamson County.”
Rev. Milton Jordan ’62 serves
as the Alumni Assembly Program
Chair on the Alumni Council
and is the coordinator for
the April 16, 2011, event. The
Alumni Assembly Program will
explore life in Central Texas in
the Spanish Colonial Era, and
will include a guided tour of
the John G. Tower Library at
Southwestern and a virtual tour
of 1870s Williamson County.
The program will bring schol-
ars from Texas State University
and Southwestern, as well as the
former president of the Texas
State Historical Association, and
experts from the Williamson
Museum and the Texas Historical
Commission. For more informa-
tion visit http://sualumni.net/
AssemblyProgram2011.
Many Ways to
Connect
A number of ways in which
to connect and network with
alumni are offered by The
Association of Southwestern
University Alumni. Join the new
and improved online alumni
community by logging in to
http://sualumni.net where you
may search the online alumni
directory and update your
information, submit a Class
Note, find events in your area,
join alumni connection groups,
plan activities with your class,
create a blog and post photos
for members of the online
alumni community to see. Visit
the Career Services for Alumni
page to learn about the many
(free) ways the Office of Career
Services can assist alumni, and
to access PirateLink, a national,
Web-based system for posting
and searching for full- and
part-time employment. The
Association can also be found on
Facebook and LinkedIn where
news and interesting tidbits are
shared. To discover the myriad
of ways to connect with alumni,
visit http://sualumni.net.
37FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
The Southwestern Experience continues on the Amalfi coast. Immerse yourself in southern coastal
Italian culture and cuisine. Discover the quaint towns of Positano and Ravello, the ancient ruins
of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, the Isle of Capri and the cliff-top village of Sorrento during your
week-long stay in Vietri sul Mare, Italy on The Divine Coast. An optional excursion on day eight will take
you to the ancient ruins of Stabiae with Southwestern Professor of Art History Thomas Howe.
Join Southwestern and
Northwestern alumni
May 18–26, 2011 for this inaugural lifelong learning travel experienceoffered by The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Spaceis very limited. Call 800-323-7373 today for availability.
Visit http://sualumni.net/amalfi_2011 for special pricing andadditional information. The Association hopes to offer trips like this asa regular part of its lifelong learning offerings.
1948
Nettie Ruth Brucks Bratton,
Georgetown, was honored in
February at the Texas Democratic
Women State Convention, “Be
the Change You Want in Texas,”
for being someone who embodied
the theme.
1953
John Mood, San Diego, Calif.,
published another book titled A New
Reading of Rilke’s “Elegies”: Affirming
the Unity of “life-AND-death” in
2009 with publisher Edwin Mellen.
The book culminates in a new inter-
pretation of the German language
poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duinese
Elegies. This is a follow-up to his
first book, Rilke on Love and Other
Difficulties, which has been in print for
35 consecutive years and has become
the second largest selling Rilke book
in the English-speaking world.
1955
Thelma Travland Cardwell-Cale,
Pleasanton, (See sidebar, Page 39).
1964
Tom McClellan, Garland, has
published Reflections from Mirror
City, a book of personal essays.
1965
Jim Smith, Pasadena, was given
the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus
Award by the Pasadena Independent
School District. The award recog-
nizes an alumnus who has made
significant contributions to society
and whose accomplishments and
career have brought credit to the
Pasadena School District. He
served the district for 35 years as a
teacher, assistant principal, principal
and transportation director before
retiring in 2002.
1969
F. Fleming Crim, Madison, Wis.,
was a recipient of the Hilldale Award
from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison in March. The Hilldale
Award is the university’s top honor
for faculty who excel in teaching,
research and service. He researches
chemical dynamics using lasers to
study the mechanisms of chemical
reactions in gases and liquids. His
work has earned awards from the
American Chemical Society, the
American Physical Society and the
Royal Society of Chemistry. He was
elected to the National Academy of
Sciences in 2001.
Marc Raney, San Antonio,
announced his March 2010 retire-
ment from Trinity University, where
he was the vice president for univer-
sity advancement. He served Trinity
for more than 30 years, and has been
an active member of the Council for
the Advancement and Support of
Education and the Association of
Fundraising Professionals at the
national and regional levels.
1971
Tom Forbes, Austin, started stra-
tegic consulting firm Longbow
Partners LLP in February. The firm
advises clients on public affairs and
business strategy with engagements
in the technology, pharmaceutical,
nuclear energy, water, defense, oil
and gas, education and other indus-
tries. Longbow partners include
Joey King ’93 and Bob Karr ’71.
1976
Dr. Jimmy Burkholder, Harlingen,
is a dentist and received the masters
level of the International Congress
of Oral Implantology. He practices
adult restorative dentistry.
1977
Dawn Cardwell Murray,
Pleasanton, (See sidebar, Page 39).
1978
Kay Webb Mayfield, Fairfax, Va.,
is director of the Bureau of Western
Hemisphere Affairs Office of Public
Diplomacy and Public Affairs for
the U.S. Department of State.
She is a member of the Senior
Foreign Service.
1981
Robin Atkinson Woodson, Gilmer,
has been teaching for 30 years.
She has been teaching third grade
students consecutively for 24 of
those years, and has received an
award recognizing her teaching
service at Harmony Independent
School District.
The Original Social Network
The following Class Notes were submitted between Oct. 17, 2009, and June 18, 2010. Share your accomplishments, achieve-
ments and life milestones with friends and classmates! Submit your Class Note for the by visiting http://sualumni.net. Select
“Connect” from the main menu, then “Class Notes.” You may also e-mail your Class Note to alumni@southwestern.edu.
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  • 1. Looking Ahead See the future through the lens of University leaders. Fall2010
  • 2. southwestern university’s core purpose Fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity. southwestern university’s core values Cultivating academic excellence. Promoting lifelong learning and a passion for intellectual and personal growth. Fostering diverse perspectives. Being true to oneself and others. Respecting the worth and dignity of persons. Encouraging activism in the pursuit of justice and the common good. Southwestern University’s recruiting of students, awarding of financial aid, and operation of programs and facilities are without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, physical handicap, national or ethnic origin, or any other impermissible factor. The University’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. board of trustees * Ex-Officio # Honorary Southwestern is published semiannually by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Bulk rate postage paid at Austin, Texas. Merriman Morton ’63, Austin, Chair Larry J. Haynes ’72, Coppell, Vice Chair R. Griffin Lord, Belton, Secretary-Treasurer Martin Aleman Jr. ’68, Austin L. James Bankston ’70, Houston Lisa Barrentine, Allen Douglas M. Benold ’44, Georgetown W. Earl Bledsoe*, Plano Roy H. Cullen#, Houston John S. Curry ’70, Pampa James E. Dorff*, San Antonio Robert W. Dupuy ’69, Dallas Thomas A. Forbes ’71, Austin James W. Foster ’72, Houston Jack Garey, Georgetown Roberto L. Gómez ’69, McAllen Sarah Gould-Stotts ’10, Charlottesville, Va. Robert H. Graham, Houston Kay Granger, Fort Worth Ronald D. Henderson, Plano C. Preston Hollis ’09, Austin Janice Riggle Huie*, Houston Henry C. Joyner, Colleyville Robert W. Karr ’71, St. Louis, Mo. Bart C. Koontz ’78, San Antonio J. Michael Lowry*, Fort Worth Red McCombs ’49, San Antonio Michael McKee, Hurst J. Eric McKinney ’72, Georgetown David J. McNitzky ’77, San Antonio Laura A. Merrill ’84, Harlingen Charles R. Millikan ’68, Pearland Barbara Prats Neely ’77, Fort Worth Ernesto Nieto ’64, Kyle Steven A. Raben ’63*, Houston Robert T. Rork ’62, San Antonio Jake B. Schrum ’68*, Georgetown Robert C. Scott, San Antonio Peter A. Sessions ’78, Dallas H. Blake Stanford ’81*, Austin Stephen G. Tipps, Houston Donald W. Underwood ’70, Plano James V. Walzel, Houston D. Max Whitfield*, Albuquerque, N.M. Robert D. Wunsch, Austin   Fall2010 OFFICE OF Creative services Eric Bumgardner Director of Creative Services Kristina W. Moore Writer/Editor Antonio Banda Graphic Designer Keely Doering Creative Services Coordinator magazine@southwestern.edu OFFICE OF Alumni & Parent relations Georgianne Hewett ’90 Associate Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations JoAnn Lucero Associate Director of Alumni Relations Grace Josey Pyka ’05 Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Daniel Webb ’08 Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Development Communications alumni@southwestern.edu parents@southwestern.edu OFFICE OF University relations Cindy Locke Associate Vice President for University Relations Ellen Davis Director of Communications John Kotarski ’93 Director of Web Development and Communication Meredith Barnhill Assistant Director of Web Development and Communication chief administrative officers Jake B. Schrum ’68, President Richard L. Anderson, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Gerald Brody, Vice President for Student Life James W. Hunt, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Beverly Jones, University Chaplain W. Joseph King ’93, Vice President for Innovation C. Richard McKelvey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Thomas J. Oliver ’89, Vice President for Enrollment Services Francie Schroeder, Executive Assistant to the President Ronald L. Swain, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Assessment Telephone: (512) 863-6511 Alumni & Parent Relations: (800) 960-6363 Office of Admission: (800) 252-3166 2 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 3. Fall2010 10in10… Southwestern sat down with Jake B. Schrum ’68 and Jane Woodman Schrum ’70 on the anniversary of their first decade as Presidential couple of Southwestern University to reflect back and look forward. (See Page 6.) In every issue 5 | President’s Message 14 | On Campus 20 | Athletics 23 | Engaging Find 33 | Academics in Focus 36 | Alumni News 38 | Class Notes 46 | Last Word Features 8 | 20/20 Vision and Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020 A look forward through the viewmaster. 24 | Senior Stories—Lives Transformed Discover the Southwestern Experiences of 10 recent graduates. 30 | Life at the Molecular Level Three associate professors of biology discuss life, learning and their love of research. 3FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu 24
  • 4. 4 SouthwesternMagazine With your help we can bridge the gap. Your gifts enhance our ability to attract and retain students, as well as provide an exceptional undergraduate learning experience— a Southwestern Experience. Thank you! Every gift matters. Make a gift at www.southwestern.edu/makeagift or call 800-960-6363. *Calculated over a six-year period beginning in the 2003–2004 fiscal year by dividing the average annual total gifts received by the fall student enrollment headcount. Data was taken from the VSE reports published by The Council for Aid to Education. The schools included in the chart are members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Average Gifts per Enrolled Student* Fiscal Years 2003–2009 $7,362 $12,824Centre College DePauw University Sewanee Austin College Birmingham-Southern College Rhodes College Trinity University Southwestern Colorado College Hendrix College Millsaps College Oglethorpe University
  • 5. Share Your Ideas | Make a Gift | Refer a Student www.southwestern.edu/about/leadership Shaping Our Future What do you think Southwestern University will be like in the year 2020? We are certain that we would like to be a top- tier national liberal arts and sciences college that provides a transformational experience to an increasingly diverse range of students. This is the over-arching goal of our new stra- tegic plan, Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020. This plan was the result of more than a year of work by faculty, staff, student and alumni repre- sentatives, along with representatives from The Association of Southwestern University Alumni and the Board of Trustees. More than 700 people took time to send us their ideas or participate in sessions designed to gather feedback. Implementation of the plan began this fall as we put into effect the most extensive curricular change in Southwestern’s recent history. Under the new curriculum plan, the typical student takes four 4-credit courses a semester instead of five 3-credit courses. We believe this new curricu- lar structure allows for an even greater depth of study and interaction with faculty members and will ultimately lead to greater academic success and engaged learning. Implementation of this curriculum—which mirrors the curriculum in use by many of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges—marks a significant milestone in our continued maturation as a nationally recognized university. We also grew our student body by about 20 students this fall and will continue to do so over the next four years until we have an enrollment of 1,500 students. This new strategic plan is both ambitious and realistic and provides the framework for meeting our aspirations over the next decade. I would like to thank all those who participated in the process, and I look forward to working with you to fulfill the promise that it offers. And while we are looking forward, this is also a good opportunity to look back over the past 10 years. In this issue of Southwestern, you will see some of the many things we accomplished under The Strategic Plan for 2010. For example, we added 18 new tenure-track faculty members, launched the Paideia® Program and incorporated the Living-Learning Community program into the First-Year Seminar offerings. During the last decade, the Writer’s Voice Series, the Shilling Lecture Series and the King Creativity Fund program have all greatly enriched the academic experience for our students. Our student life program has been enhanced by the addition of varsity women’s softball, varsity men’s lacrosse, the Large Act Concert series and the Pirate Bike Program, to name just a few. The University built two new residential apartment complexes, a new admission center and, most recently, the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, as well as renovated and expanded the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. Perhaps most important, we’ve set the University on a course for a more sustainable future. Looking back over the last 10 years, we have much for which we can all be proud. On a personal note, this year marks my 10th year as President of Southwestern. It continues to be a privilege to share this journey of promise and fulfillment with each and every one of you. Jake B. Schrum ’68 President, Southwestern University 5FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu president’smessage
  • 6. To alumni who may not have had an opportunity to come back to campus, I would say that the hopes, dreams and actions of our current students are still what can bring tears to their eyes, because they can see that this generation of students realizes what’s most important…just as they did. J a k e B . S c h r u m ’ 6 8 J A K E   As students, Jane and I met in a music appreciation class taught by Professor Emeritus of Music Ellsworth Petersen ’55. Music has always played an important role in our lives. When I walk through the hallways in the Fine Arts Building, I remember sitting outside the old practice rooms studying and listening to Jane practice piano. When Ellsworth announced his retirement, Jane and I went to his last class to show our appreciation; it was a seamless way of showing our enjoyment of our relationship with him and what music has meant in our lives. J A N E   There haven’t been too many surprises, but I did have a few fantasies. It was our choice to live on campus and we’re very glad we do, but I had this idea that in the evenings we would stroll around campus, talking and reflecting on our day. Our busy schedules prevent that from happening very often. Maybe when we retire we’ll stroll like we did when we were students falling in love on this campus. J A N E   Since returning to Southwestern, I’ve found my place, and found satisfaction by using our home and my interests in homemaking to make a difference in the life of the campus community. I really enjoy interacting with staff and hosting visiting scholars, students, dignitaries, alumni, trustees, parents and others in our home. J A K E   I’ve been on staff at Southwestern four times. I believe what draws one to Southwestern in the first place is the same thing that draws us back—toHomecomingortoapositiononstaff—the desire to be in a place where you know some- thing important is happening…where you can re-imagine the possibilities of life. Most of us have the desire to improve; as Professor Emeritus of History Weldon Crowley used to say, “to make oneself a more inviting person.” Southwestern just naturally encourages that; it makes us more vibrant, dynamic and alive. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? reflections President Jake B. Schrum and wife Jane look back on 10 years of service at Southwestern 6 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 7. J A N E   Over the next decade and beyond, I see Southwestern continuing to be a place that places a high priority on values, community and life- long friendships; that holds us as individuals and collectively. I hope that it never loses that which it’s had from the very beginning. J A K E   I’ve always known that the Southwestern community is dedicated to providing transforma- tional experiences for our students. Over these 10 years, we’ve increased our faculty by nearly 20—enriching the diversity of our community in every way—and hired professional staff who also add value to the experience. That’s what I expected 10 years ago. What I didn’t antici- pate were the two debilitating economic down- turns we’ve experienced. These situations have caused me to think more about how we in higher education need to adjust our expectations and make the changes necessary to successfully move forward. J A K E   I strive to build on Southwestern’s financial strength. I believe that, among other things, will help us continue to recruit high-quality faculty who enhance the Southwestern academic experi- ence and add value to our graduates’ degrees. It really has been like coming home. Southwestern is a place that holds one in its arms. Being here feels like being held in a loving embrace. It’s an intangible but powerful thing. J a n e W o o d m a n S c h r u m ’ 7 0 7FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 8. Read Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020 online at www.southwestern.edu/plan WANT MORE? 8 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 9. Over the next decade, Southwestern will sharpen the focus on our academic mission—a mission that engages minds and transforms lives. On our rise to the top-tier of national liberal arts and sciences colleges, Southwestern as a whole is being shaped and transformed as well. Following are the voices of some of Southwestern’s visionaries who, with a little hindsight, have a clear view of what could be. 9FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu How will it affect Southwestern in the future?What has been our most significant achievement? What is our highest priority? What will Southwestern look like in the year 2020? What role will you play?
  • 10. Ben Pierce, professor of biology Southwestern is known for its personalized approach to education through small class sizes and the care shown to students by faculty. It’s our niche in higher education. Going forward, I believe that the addition of high quality junior faculty whose teaching and scholarship—as well as their energy and enthusiasm—will help shape and impact the future of the University. More immediately, you can imagine that I think our highest priority should be on the renovation and expansion of the science facilities. Southwestern established a good reputation in the sciences starting with Dr. Robert Hyer in 1882, who set the bar high. Improvements to our facilities and instrumen- tation are required to maintain the reputation Dr. Hyer established more than a century ago. As for me, I plan to continue to focus on my students; to provide a high-quality educational experience in the classroom, the lab and the field. I also plan to continue my research and to focus on the plan- ning of our new and improved science facility. Bob Karr ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee Despite the tough economy over the past 10 years, Southwestern made a commitment to move forward. The optimism about and enthusiasm for Southwestern is evident in Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020, and reflects the dedication of every- one at the University. The strategic planning process itself was reflective of Southwestern as a whole, based on the number of people who had input in the process and who rose above their personal interests for the good of the whole. Our collective hope for the future is that Southwestern is able to build increased recognition across the country for its fundamental strength of engaging minds and transforming lives. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve on the board of trustees, and for my wife (Jean Gibson Karr ’71) and me to contribute in meaningful ways to Southwestern. 10 SouthwesternMagazine Proposed rendering of an improved Southwestern science facility. Overarching Vision: Southwestern University will be nationally known for providing society with graduates who are bright, moral and courageous. Over the next decade, Southwestern University will continue to position itself as a top-tier, national liberal arts and sciences college by building upon its greatest strength— providing a transformational, residential, liberal arts and sciences education that empowers an increasingly diverse range of students to lead fulfilling lives in a global community. Strategic Direction: Focus on our academic mission—our commitment to providing every student with an education that extends beyond the simple transmission of knowledge and skills to a concept of learning as a broad, inte- grated and transformational process. Supporting Strategies: Enhance Our Campus Experience and Residence Life Create a more vibrant, diverse and student-friendly campus that will enhance the campus experience and the quality of student life, and will contribute to attracting and retaining students that are best able to benefit from Southwestern’s academic mission. Build Far-Reaching Visibility and Recognition Build far-reaching visibility and recogni- tion for the University as an exceptional national undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution known for engaging minds and transforming lives. Ensure the Financial Vitality and Overall Sustainability of the Institution Ensure the financial vitality and overall sustainability of the institution by build- ing an ever-stronger financial foundation that will increase our ability to invest in our academic enterprise, undergird our commit- ments and reach our aspirations. The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020 A summary of Shaping Our Future:
  • 11. Rick McKelvey, vice president for institutional advancement Southwestern students have always expected more of themselves and the institution; graduates expect us to be always moving forward toward the next level of quality education. The introduction of Paideia® has enhanced how student experiences impact the Southwestern community, inside the classroom and out. It’s a reflection of the best things about the Southwestern Experience. Our overarching vision is to be one of the finest national liberal arts universities in the country, based on quality faculty and staff and their ongoing development, the diversity and quality of our students and the quality of our facilities. That’s a bold statement, and it’s the first time we’ve included visibility and recognition as a strategic direction. Our visibility needs to be on a parallel track to our integrity and quality of education. The most tangible action item in Shaping Our Future is the expansion and renovation of our science facilities. Southwestern students have high expec- tations for the quality of education they will receive here. Since science and technology change over time, we must, too. In order to make this happen, it is my job to communicate with donors and others about Southwestern’s financial needs to support the strategic direction. Glada Munt, director of intercollegiate athletics There have been numerous achievements over the past 10 years, includ- ing the University’s continued vitality in a tough economy. While academics always come first, our continual growth in athletics requires that we also make improvements to our athletics facilities. The Athletics Department brings in one-third of admitted students and our programs are competi- tive or better than those of our competition. I will continue working to create a more visible and quality athletics program, which will add to the student experience and make Southwestern a great choice for both students and parents. “I hope that Southwestern’s second hundred years will be as energized and as forward thinking as its first hundred years.” — Mary Visser, professor of art 11FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 12. Ron Swain, senior adviser to the president for strategic planning Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020 has set the stage for Southwestern’s continued growth and development. It’s a commitment by the University to academic excellence, sustainability and diversity, among other things. Through the previous strategic plan, we added 18 tenure-track faculty members. Having a more diverse faculty makes an impact on our curriculum and promotes diversity among our students. Over the next 10 years, our priority will be to focus on our academic strength, beginning with an emphasis on renovating our science facilities. Doing this will help Southwestern become a major player in the region and help us keep pace with the growth in the health care industry…which will provide increased opportunities for student internships and employment. Another priority is to develop a more diverse student body and faculty, engaged in dynamic interaction. Our challenge is to figure out how a small liberal arts college in Texas can be recognized for its distinctiveness. Keeping within the context of human interaction, Southwestern can lead the way. For now, it’s my job to develop action plans to help implement Shaping Our Future as a whole. Mary Visser, professor of art I think the most significant achievement at Southwestern in the past 10 years has been the recruitment of personnel—from the board level to faculty and staff—who have the desire and commitment to challenge Southwestern and its students to move the University into the national level of top-tier liberal arts colleges. In the future, I believe we will be recognized for our unique blend of educational programs that promote lifelong learning and educated thinkers; for graduating citizens who make choices based upon facts and yet have a strong sense of compassion for all human beings. As for me, I will be a constant supporter of Southwestern’s goals. Sarah Woolley ’11, president of Student Congress I believe Southwestern’s two greatest achievements over the past 10 years have been the creation of the Paideia Program—made possible by $9 million raised through the Priddy Challenge—and the numerous envi- ronmental initiatives that have been implemented. Although still in its infancy, Paideia has the potential to strengthen the University over the next 10 years. Beginning with President Schrum’s signing of the President’s Climate Commitment and the Tallories Declaration, and continuing with the work of Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK), Southwestern has become a carbon-neutral school, and our ranking with the College Sustainability Report Card has improved tremendously. Right now, the top priority for the University is renovating the Fondren-Jones Science Building. We have a great natural science division, but the facility does not reflect the work that is being accomplished there. Another priority is the renovation and addition to the athletics facilities for both our student athletes and the Southwestern community as a whole. I’m hopeful that students and alumni understand that all of these efforts depend on money. The fact is that tuition only covers about two-thirds of our operating costs. If every alumna/us gave just $10 per year, many of these plans would be completed much sooner. Personally, I plan to start with “giving the amount of my graduation year.” For me, that’s $20.11 per year until I’m able to give a more sizable amount. Every gift really does matter! 12 SouthwesternMagazine 10 years SShaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010–2020 is not a new idea. For over three decades Southwestern has been guided by strategic planning. In 2000, Southwestern undertook an ambitious, decade-long plan that yielded outstanding results. Ten major accomplishments of the last Strategic Plan: • Created Paideia® • Added faculty • Transformed curriculum • Expanded civic engagement • Enhanced diversity • Enriched student life • Built and renovated facilities • Engaged alumni • Prioritized sustainability • Became home to the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) at the last A look back Watch the highlights online at www.southwestern.edu/10in10 WANT MORE?
  • 13. 13FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu Think! Who do you know that may follow in your (Pirate Bike) tracks? No, not the living legacy you left down on 6th Street when you almost got that Captain Ruter ink. Your academic tracks. Like you, the successful Southwestern student of the future:  Is highly motivated  Looks for intellectual challenges  Is civic/community minded  Makes learning a top priority Got a name or two? Good! Now, go to www.southwestern.edu/alumnireferral and send them our way. t exas’ f i rst u n i vers ity
  • 14. OObserving the Ravages of AIDS in Africa Sophomore Kadidiatou “Kadi” Magassa spent the summer observing at an AIDS clinic that serves children from birth to age 18 in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country of about 2 million people in the Republic of South Africa. A 2007 report estimated that 23.2 percent of the country’s population has HIV/AIDS—the third highest in the world after Swaziland and Botswana. The CIA’s World Factbook says the average life expectancy in Lesotho is 41.18 years for men and 39.54 years for women. Magassa’s trip was the result of three years of fundraising by the student group EBONY, a local civic organization called The Links, and several local churches. “It is truly heartwarming to know that something that was started several years ago was able to come to fruition,” says former EBONY President LaToya Alexander ’07. “This was the first step toward working in my desired field,” says Magassa, who is developing an independent major focusing on international studies with a concentration on Africa. Her career goal is to work in Africa to help solve problems such as AIDS and government corruption. While in Lesotho, Magassa gathered video footage that she hopes can be used there and in the U.S. to educate people about AIDS. She was previously involved in AIDS prevention efforts in her hometown of Harlem, N.Y. Singing in Shanghai Supported by The Friends of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, 16 Southwestern students, faculty members and alumni helped represent Texas at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The group was part of a choir that also included representatives from Chorus Austin, the San Gabriel Chorale, the Chancel Choir Go to In Focus at www.southwestern.edu/newsroomWANTMORE? 14 SouthwesternMagazine oncampus
  • 15. from First United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells and the Mineral Wells High School Varsity Mixed Choir. The performance at the World Expo was part of a 10-day tour of China, which included a performance at the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Conducted by Kenny Sheppard, professor of music and director of the Southwestern Chorale, the choir performed Haydn’s “Mass in a Time of War,” the same piece the Chorale sang at Carnegie Hall in 2004. Sheppard says the group was warmly received, especially when they performed a well-known Chinese folk song at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and again at the World Expo. “This was the trip of a lifetime. Experiencing the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other wondrous sites would have been enough,” Sheppard says, “however, interaction with the Chinese people was even more meaningful. The Chorale students were ideal ambassadors for Southwestern and for the United States. I was proud to be associated with them.” Student participants included Ben Bracher, Katie De La Vega, Anne Fenley, Dustin Fillmore, Andra Loer, Bonnie Maddox, Brian Miller, Katie Sokolyk and Kailey Watson. In addition to Sheppard, partic- ipating faculty members included organist David Polley, part-time assistant professor of applied music; vocalist Bruce Cain, associate professor of music, and Victoria Star Varner, professor of art. Participating alumni included Marie Henderson Becker ’03, Barbara Horan ’85 and Barbara Sands Mittanck ’59. Vicente Villa Summer Scholars With a $263,318 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, in 2008 Associate Professor of Education Stephen Marble developed the Vicente Villa Summer Scholars Program—a five-week “mini-liberal arts experience.” Participating students have completed their junior year of high school and are recommended by their teachers, counselors and principals. The program was named for Professor Emeritus of Biology Vicente Villa, who was chosen as the 1993 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Marble says, “First-generation (Hispanic) students frequently struggle at large state schools because they have limited experience and social networks to help them survive in impersonal competitive environments…and are generally unaware of the range of choices open to them as they prepare to be the first in their family to go to college.” Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail deliv- ered the May 8, 2010 commencement address at Southwestern University. Zewail is the Linus Pauling professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology. His daughter, Maha Zewail Foote, is an associate professor of chemistry at Southwestern. In 1999, Zewail was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for pioneering the development of a new field known as laser femtochemistry. Using lasers and molecular beams, femtochemistry has made it possible for researchers to see chemical reactions as they happen in real time. Femtochemistry has had an impact on chemical, biological and medical research all over the world, and is someday expected to yield practical results by allowing improved control of chemical processes used in manufactur- ing and drug design. Since winning the Nobel Prize, Zewail has focused his research on the develop- ment of another field, 4D electron micros- copy, the direct visualization of materials and biological behavior in the familiar three dimensions of space plus time. He currently serves as director of the multidisciplinary Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology at Caltech. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Alexandria University in Egypt, Zewail earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the faculty of Caltech in 1976. Nobel Laureate Addresses Class of 2010 ®©TheNobelFoundation This past summer, 16 Hispanic, Austin-area high school students participated in the Vicente Villa Summer Scholars Program at Southwestern. 15FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 16. oncampus Students participating in the program stayed in residence halls during the week, and attended English classes taught by Elisabeth Piedmont- Marton, associate professor of English, and math classes taught by Alison Marr and Therese Shelton, assistant and associate professors of mathematics, respectively. All students who participated in the program were encouraged to apply for admission to Southwestern. Sandi Nenga, assistant profes- sor of sociology, will track the participants over the next few years to better understand how the program may have influenced their college choices. “It will be great if they decide to come to Southwestern, but our goal is that they choose a college or university that best meets their needs,” Marble says. O’Brien, Ore and Robertson Receive ACS Funds Bill O’Brien, associate professor of physics, and John Ore, professor of theatre, received a $7,168 grant to work with Tim Francis, light- ing designer and technical director at Trinity University, to develop an environmental studies/ theatre/physics course focused on energy conser- vation strategies for the theater, particularly the replacement of incandescent lighting with light- emitting diodes (LEDs). The goal is to install a renewable energy system on the roof of the Fine Arts Center that will generate electrical energy equal to the needs of the LED lighting system. The ACS grant money will be used to help pay the students who are working on the project and to purchase a solar panel and a wind turbine that can be used as teaching tools. Ore says he hopes the Heather Hall project will serve as a model for other colleges interested in energy conservation. Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese, received a $1,600 grant through the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Faculty Renewal Program to work with Li Wei, professor of Chinese at Rollins College, on a pilot project that will allow small colleges with limited faculty resources to offer advanced classes in Chinese and Chinese culture. “Most small liberal arts colleges and universi- ties have limited resources in specialized fields of Chinese instruction such as literature, perform- ing arts and film,” Robertson says. “However, with modern Internet technology and a consortium of participating universities, individual exper- tise across universities can be shared and will enable our students to have access to broader instructional content.” Using technology expertise from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), located at Southwestern, Robertson is currently offering a lecture taught by Wei on Chinese music, which includes a demonstration by three Chinese musicians from Disney’s Epcot Center. A lecture on Chinese literature taught by Robertson will be offered in spring 2011. Graduates Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowships Four Southwestern graduates have received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their graduate school studies. The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is for students who are college seniors or first- or second-year graduate students. Fellowships are funded for up to three years and provide students with a yearly stipend of $30,000. The NSF typically funds fewer than 10 percent of the applications it receives. “Given that this competition awards only the best and brightest of the applications in all areas of the sciences, we should be very pleased with this outcome,” says Jesse Purdy, professor of psychology, who has helped select recipients of these fellowships. Two students who studied animal behav- ior with Purdy received fellowships—Delia Shelton ’09, to start graduate studies at Indiana University, and Katy Siciliano ’08, to continue studies in biopsychology at the University of John Ore, professor of theatre (pictured above), and Bill O’Brien, associate professor of physics, along with four students and two staff members, have been working on a project since September 2009 to design LED technology for Heather Hall, a small theater on the second floor of the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. 16 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 17. oncampus Michigan, where she is working in the van Anders social neuroendocrinology lab. Colin Kyle ’09 and Patrick Egan ’09, who are in graduate school at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, respectively, also received fellowships. “I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that this is the first time a college of our size had four recipients of the fellowship in a given year,” Purdy says. NSF reviewers pointed to the extensive under- graduate research experience of the Southwestern applicants, including publications, presentations and international experience. Shelton worked in Purdy’s lab, Kyle worked with Romi Burks, asso- ciate professor of biology, Siciliano worked with Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, and Egan worked with Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology. Inaugural Walt Potter Prize Four-year King Creativity Fund grant recipient, Pelham Keahey ’10, received the program’s first $2,500 Walt Potter Prize, awarded to the best student or project in a given year. Theprogram,establishedin2000withanendow- ment provided by W. Joseph “Joey” King ’93, is designed to support “innovative and visionary projects” proposed by Southwestern students. The award was named for Walt Potter, profes- sor of mathematics and computer science, who was King’s mentor when he was a student at Southwestern. As a physics major, Keahey applied for and received a King Creativity Fund grant each of his four years at Southwestern. The first two years, he used the money to build a low-cost solar water heater. In 2008–09, he used the grant to build a Ruben’s Tube, which enables people to “see” different sound waves by means of flames coming up through holes in the tube. In 2009–10, Keahey received a grant to build a new type of apparatus for the detection and identification of microorganisms. He collaborated with physics majors Will Hardy and Mason Cradit, biology major Andrea Holland, chemistry major Steven Solis, and Gerald Wade, coordinator of science facilities and equipment. The device could enable doctors to prescribe specific treatments more quickly than they are currently able. “I couldn’t think of a better person to receive this award,” King says. “It has been wonderful to watch Pelham since he was a first-year student.” Keahey says his most recent project helped him decide to accept a position with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center as a control engineer. He plans to apply for graduate school in 2011. $25,000 Provides Student Research Experience Professor of Biology Ben Pierce has received a $25,000 grant to conduct research that may help the threatened Georgetown salamander (Eurycea naufragia). Pierce and several Southwestern students will perform studies known as “mark– recapture studies” designed to accurately deter- mine the number of salamanders currently living at several sites in Williamson County. The salamander, believed to exist only in Williamson County, lives in wet caves and springs found in the South, Middle and North Forks of the San Gabriel River and is threatened due to development. Williamson County and the Williamson County Conservation Foundation are working with an Austin-based consulting firm to develop a conser- vation plan for the salamander. Pierce has been awarded a subcontract to help with the work. Pierce and his students will also continue conduct- ing monthly surface counts of salamanders at two springs, as they have been doing on a volun- teer basis. Professor of Biology Ben Pierce Sheppard Garners William Carrington Finch Award Professor of Music Kenny Sheppard received the 2010 William Carrington Finch Award during the May 2010 commencement ceremony. The award, given every other year to a full-time faculty member “for exemplary accomplishment in furthering the aims of Southwestern University,” is named for Southwestern’s 11th president. Criteria for the award include excellence in teach- ing, contributions to University governance and contributions outside the classroom. Sheppard has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1974 and has served as chair of the Music Department twice, in addition to conducting the Southwestern Chorale. He has also served as the artistic director for Chorus Austin, has conducted the chorus for the Georgetown Festival of the Arts since its inception in 2005, and has led a summer institute at Southwestern that gives choral conductors professional instruc- tion in the great choral/orchestral works of classical music. 17FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 18. Fulbright Teaching Assistantships Emily Gutzmer ’10, a double major in interna- tional studies and German, Tanlyn Roelofs ’09, an anthropology major with a minor in German, and Zach Zeman ’10, a double major in music education and German, were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Germany for the 2010–11 academic year. “Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Awards offer our students the opportunity to learn and teach across cultures and boundaries, to become even more proficient communicators, and to discover their potential as cultural ambassadors and media- tors,” says Erika Berroth, associate professor of German. Students selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program receive round- trip transportation to the host country, a salary for the academic year based on living costs in the host country, medical insurance and an allowance for books and research. This is the third consecutive year that Southwestern students have received Fulbright Teaching Assistantships. Carolyn Acker ’09 and Erin Osterhaus ’09 spent the 2009–10 academic year teaching in southern Germany and Jamie Falconnier ’09 taught in Austria. Amy Tanguay ’08 and Chelsea Edge ’08 both taught in northern Germany and are now in graduate programs in the U.S. Student-Faculty Archaeology Collaboration in Italy Junior Georgia LoSchiavo and Katherine Maples ’10 spent part of the summer working in a 2,000-year-old garden located in the ancient Roman city of Stabiae, which was buried with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Thomas Howe, professor of art history at Southwestern and the coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation, has led excavations at Stabiae since 1999. Most recently, Howe oversaw the largest ever excavation at the site. More than 100 students and researchers from around the world participated, including some of the foremost experts on garden archaeology. Participants focused their efforts on a garden about the size of a football field, that was part of the Villa Arianna, one of four villas excavated at the site. In addition to working at the Villa Arianna at Stabiae, LoSchiavo and Maples had the opportu- nity to work at the House of the Large Fountain in Pompeii. For more information about Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation, visit www.stabiae.com. Sarah Gould-Stotts ’10 was one of 60 students named to the 2010 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, honoring students who excel academically and benefit society by extending their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom. “This is a huge honor,” says Roger Young, director of career services, who encouraged Gould-Stotts to apply. “Students from hundreds of universities all over the country apply.” Gould-Stotts says, “I was very honored and excited to receive this recognition.” A Paideia® Scholar, Gould-Stotts graduated cum laude from Southwestern in May with a major in English and a minor in business. While a student, she started the Mock Trial Team, helped revive the Brooks Prize Debate and started the Society of Young Women Leaders organization to mentor local high school women. Jennifer Knight ’00 was named to a USA Today All-USA College Academic Team in 2000. All-USA College Academic Team oncampus 18 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 19. Beading the Change As early as middle school, sophomore Jenna Gaska began volunteering in her hometown of San Antonio. Upon arriving at Southwestern, Gaska decided to “Bead the Change” that she wanted to see in the world, while simultaneously pursuing a double major in biology and classics. A member of Circle K International, a colle- giate service organization with more than 13,000 members on 560 campuses worldwide, Gaska started a project with an international focus. On www.nabuur.com, a website that links online volunteers with villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America, she found Revelation Children’s Ministries International. RCMI was looking for a marketplace for their various hand made goods. Gaska proposed a partnership with Circle K to sell RCMI products in Georgetown. Her project, “Bead the Change,” is aptly named. Women in two remote, war-torn villages in Uganda use recycled and purchased paper to make beads and create one-of-a-kind jewelry, which Circle K began selling on campus and at craft shows in December 2009. When Gaska began receiving requests from other groups wanting to export their goods, Circle K selected another organization in Uganda called the Agoro Community Development Association. Both organizations provide financial assis- tance to orphans and widows in the communi- ties with whom they work. Many widows lost their husbands in the tribal conflict that plagues Northern Uganda. And children often lose their parents to HIV/AIDS, forcing them to cope with desperate poverty. “They are trying to provide the orphans with life skills that will allow them to support them- selves,” says Gaska, who corresponds with many villagers by letter, phone or e-mail. She says the nearly $5,800 raised to date has gone to Uganda to provide funds for education and school supplies. She adds that her dream is to go to Uganda to work with both groups in person, either through a nonprofit organization or by putting her biology degree to use doing medical research. “We never thought it would be that success- ful,” says Gaska, who credits much of the program’s success to members of Circle K and other Southwestern students who have gotten involved. “It just makes you really glad to know you can make a difference...” “They’re trying to make a child care center with some of the money we’ve been able to raise here on their behalf, and we are also trying to get them a new sewing machine,” she says. At Circle K International’s convention in August, “Bead the Change” won 3rd place for best single service project in 2009–10. Gaska says she wants to continue the program as long as Circle K is willing to help, but she is already laying the groundwork for future projects. oncampus “They are trying to provide the orphans with life skills that will allow them to support themselves.” 19FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu Watch the video at www.southwestern.edu/ beadthechange WANT MORE?
  • 20. NNew Pirate Scoreboards The Southwestern soccer and lacrosse programs have a new 24’ x 13’ scoreboard, proof of the Pirates’ ongoing efforts to improve the player and spectator experience at Southwestern. The state-of-the-art LED scoreboard is keeping with green initiatives happening across campus. The baseball and softball programs also have received new scoreboards over the past few years. The three new devices use less electricity combined than was used by the former baseball scoreboard alone. The previous soccer scoreboard had been used since 1993, where it stood on Moses Field before being relocated to the current soccer/lacrosse field. The Women’s Soccer Team initiated the new scoreboard on Sept. 6, when they took on Texas Lutheran University. Pirates Set Academic Record Southwestern placed a school record 101 student-athletes on the 2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Spring Academic Honor Roll. The SCAC, comprised of 13 schools, named a record 1,077 student-athletes to the 2010 Academic Honor Roll, eclipsing the previous record of 1,029 student-athletes, set in 2009. To qualify, a student-athlete must retain a minimum GPA of 3.25 for the term and be a regular member of a varsity athletics team in a sport sponsored by the SCAC. Since the inception of the Honor Roll in fall 1997, just under 16,600 SCAC student-athletes have achieved recognition for their contributions in the classroom. southwesternmakesspiritedbidforperfectseason 20 SouthwesternMagazine pirateathletics See scenes from the sidelines at www.southwestern. edu/piratesoccer WANT MORE?
  • 21. Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Anthony “A.C.” Cox ’10 was named one of 12 men’s basketball players nationally, throughout all athlete divisions, as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Cox is the lone SCAC representative on the list. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education “estab- lished the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athleti- cally a winning combination.” To be eligible, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. As a Southwestern student, Cox majored in business and was a leader on the Pirate men’s basketball team, helping the team achieve one of its best records, culminating in a return to the SCAC Tournament. He averaged just under seven points per game and led the team in assists with 75, while shooting 43 percent from the floor. (See Cox’s Senior Story on Page 27.) National Honor Society Twenty-five Pirate athletes representing 14 sports were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society for the 2009–10 academic year. The Honor Society is devoted to recognizing student-athletes nation- ally who have excelled in the classroom as well as their sport. To be a member of this prestigious group, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior, must have earned a varsity letter and must have a GPA of 3.4 or better. women’s basketball: The Pirate women finished the season in fourth place in the SCAC West, qualifying for the conference tournament. Junior Shae Seagraves was named Second Team All-SCAC and junior Staley Mullins was named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Senior Jessica Herbst was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Three Pirates broke a total of seven school records during the season: Seagraves—most points in a game, most field goals made in a game, and most field goals attempted in a season. Mullins—highest field goal percentage in a game and most blocks in a game. Herbst—most three point field goals made in a game and most three point field goals attempted in a game. Former coach and player Kerri Brinkoeter ’95 has returned to the court as Head Coach for the 2010–11 season. men’s basketball: The Pirate men went 16-10 for the 2009–10 season, finishing second in the SCAC West and reaching the conference tournament. Junior Jonathan Brown was named Second Team All-SCAC while senior Travis Barber, senior Zach Bergstrom and junior Nick Caputo were named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Senior A.C. Cox was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. women’s golf: Helping the team finish third in the SCAC and place fifth at the National Tournament, senior Kristen Davenport shot a hole-in-one on a 135-yard par 3. She was named All-Region, All-Scholastic and First Team All-American. Senior Cody Wallace and first-year Kelsey Coburn were named All-Region. Wallace was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. men’s golf: SCAC Co-Champions, the men’s team earned its first team tie for the conference title in the 19-year history of the SCAC Men’s Golf Championships. Senior Ricky Jones finished second at the SCAC Championships, was named All-Region and named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. First-Year James Charles finished third at the SCAC Championships and was named the SCAC Male Freshman Golfer of the Year. women’s track: The women’s track team finished ninth in the SCAC Championships, breaking Southwestern records and posting personal and season best times. Sophomore Taylin Eckols had a Southwestern record-breaking javelin throw of 30.44 meters. The women’s 4×4 relay team, consisting of sophomore Kelly Myers, senior Tami Warner, sophomore Dianna Urrego and first-year Christina Hadly, set a new Southwestern record, taking sixth with a time of 4:17.51. Warner was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. SCOREBOARD SPRING 2010 PIRATES 21FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 22. men’s track: The men finished sixth at the SCAC Championships. Senior Avery Sheppard finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 49.87. The men’s 4×4 relay team came in fifth place with a time of 3:30.18, while first-year Sam Martinez earned sixth place with a time of 15:49.78 in the men’s five kilometer run. Senior Josh Gideon was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. men’s swimming: In his first year with the men’s and women’s programs, Head Coach Dan Carrington took both teams to eighth place at SCAC Championships. The men’s team finished 21st in the nation for team GPA. Junior Josh Stanfield was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. women’s swimming: The team finished eighth at the SCAC Championships. Junior Bailey Thompson and sophomore Sarah Ayers were named Honorable Mention Academic All-Americans and the team finished 52nd in the nation for team GPA. First- Year Elizabeth Lewis broke three individual school records: 500 Freestyle (5:19.4), 1000 Freestyle (11:07.6) and 400 Individual Medley (4:42.5). Senior Anya Lopez-Fuentez was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. men’s lacrosse: In the inaugural season of varsity lacrosse at Southwestern, first-year Jamie Long and junior Thomas Mock earned Second Team All-SCAC honors. Sophomore Jack Parker was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. softball: In its second season, the team finished third in the SCAC West and went on to become Conference Champions, ending the season ranked 23rd in the nation, with a record of 33-13. Sophomore Lyndsy Maus was named to the All-Tournament Team. Maus, senior Katelyn Gola, and first-year Haley Hughes were named Second Team All-SCAC. Gola and Hughes were named Third Team All-Region. Sophomore Alyson Pulver, first- year Kara Soloman and sophomore Taylor Turpin were named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Turpin was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Coach Angela Froboese was named SCAC Coach-of-the-Year for the second year in a row. baseball: Junior Kyle Belski, senior Todd Boone, first- year Charlie Garrett and sophomore Nate Shipp were named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Boone was also named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. women’s tennis: The team finished sixth in the SCAC, sophomore Victoria DeLeon was named to the All-SCAC Team and senior Mary Pennington was named to the SCAC All-Tournament Team. Senior Emily Gutzmer was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. men’s tennis: The team finished 10th in the SCAC, and junior D’Artagnan Bebel and sophomore Alex Lam were named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Bebel was named to the SCAC All-Tournament singles team and the doubles team with partner, sophomore Alexander Reisch. Sophomore Andrew Olsson was named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. pirateathletics PIRATES SCOREBOARD SPRING 2010 22 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 23. A According to the 2007 U.S. Census, nearly 23 percent of children under the age of 18 have at least one immigrant parent, and 12.6 percent of the U.S. population—nearly 38 million people—are foreign born. However, the modern immigrant experience is not often explored in depth in the popular media. So, as a Japanese-born immigrant having grown up in middle-America, I was espe- cially intrigued to read Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake and watch Mira Nair’s film of the same name, which promised to explore the experi- ences of the American-born Gogol Ganguli and his Indian-born parents, Ashima and Ashoke. The story begins with young Ashima, fresh from India and pregnant, in the kitchen attempt- ing to recreate a common Indian snack out of Rice Krispies and chopped red onion. I empathized immediately; I remembered my mother trying to make nikuman, a savory roll filled with pork, with Pillsbury biscuit dough out of a can. They both felt the ache of something missing, of things being not quite right. After giving birth, Ashima and Ashoke are asked to choose a name for their son. Though unpre- pared to do so, they choose the “casual” name, Gogol, with the promise of a more formal name to come. Named after the Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol, it’s a strange name for an Indian boy in America, but has emotional significance for his father. Slowly, the story transitions to the point of view of Gogol, who grows up feeling caught between two worlds and unable to reconcile his American upbringing with his Indian roots. In college, Gogol symbolically discards his casual name in favor of his formal name, Nikhil, in an effort to redefine his identity. Initially, he attempts to abandon his Indian heritage altogether by living with his girlfriend, Maxine, and her family. They are casual, comfortable with them- selves and supremely confident. It is interesting to note that years earlier on a visit to India, he saw this confidence in his own parents. Lahiri writes, “Within minutes, before their eyes Ashoke and Ashima slip into bolder, less complicated versions of themselves, their voices louder, their smiles wider, revealing a confidence Gogol and Sonia (his sister) never see on Pemberton Road.” Gogol longs for this confidence in his own life. He lives in his fantasy for a while but when his father dies unexpectedly, he is wrenched back to reality and begins to see that Maxine is ignorant and insensitive to his Indian heritage, which he finds he cannot fully abandon. They break up and he begins to date an Indian immigrant much like himself. Lahiri never fully explores the complexity of Gogol’s emotions during his identity crises, but instead provides enough detail to allow the reader to feel those emotions herself. I empathized with Gogol through much of the book; though we may gain more confidence in the totality of who we are, there will always be awkwardness and times when we feel like outsiders. The film version of The Namesake, directed by 2010 Writer’s Voice speaker Mira Nair, stays faithful to the book, beautifully capturing the details that Lahiri describes so well and that are important in understanding the experience of living in a foreign culture. Lahiri says of Nair, “I cannot think of anyone else who would have been able to internalize my novel, to take the essence of my novel, and transpose it the way she has done.” In America, there is often a stereotyped and negative view of immigrants from the outside, whether Middle Eastern, Latino or French. The Namesake provides an opportunity to view the everyday, personal experiences of immigrants from the inside. I recommend both the book and the film to anyone who wants to better under- stand what it’s like to live as an immigrant or what it’s like to be split between two cultures, and to anyone wanting to read a good novel about the evolution of family dynamics. The Namesake Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri Film by Mira Nair, 2010 Writer’s Voice speaker Review by Fumiko Futamura, assistant professor of mathematics 23FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu engagingfind
  • 25. 25FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu Behind the curtain of a photo booth, one can become (on film) who he or she wants to be. On the Southwestern campus, students can—and do—become who they want to be. Here, lives are transformed. lives ormed Read the Bonus Senior Stories (Page 49) WANT MORE?
  • 26. The circus! “I want to join the circus,” I said. My parents brought me to Southwestern—almost literally kicking and screaming—instead. Now, there is nowhere on earth I would rather be. I knew I wanted to study psychology. What I didn’t know was that psychology would become my life or that my fellow research assistants would become like family. I spent my last year at Southwestern studying ways to improve misper- ceptions of shy people—something I’ve struggled with myself—in (Professor of Psychology) Dr. Traci Giuliano’s research lab, where we managed to design, run and analyze six different studies. Don’t get me wrong; it was hard work, but I certainly wasn’t chained to the lab the whole time. In my free time, I took photographs at countless skate parks in the area. And, if school- work ever got overwhelming, I’d combat it with a healthy dose of “Fort Awesome”—thankfully, Southwestern is probably one of the few institu- tions of higher learning where you can comman- deer a library study room, build a blanket fort and have a marathon homework party. It has to be the only college where it’s possible to meet at a coffee shop for (Associate Professor of English) Dr. David Gaines’ famous “Dylan” class, run into the President of the University, and convince him to join the group and divulge that his favorite movie is Legends of the Fall. You’d never know it by looking at me, but I’m a nerd to my very core. On top of research, I piled on the extracurriculars. The most noteworthy was The Megaphone, Southwestern’s official news- paper. I began as a writer and photographer and snagged a section editor spot as a sophomore. Not only was The Megaphone a great work experience, it was a source of constant entertainment. It’s the only on-campus job where you have impromptu raves while Photoshopping pictures of President Obama in an apron. It also allowed me to attend a newspaper conference in San Diego, Calif., and to obtain a press pass for Austin’s 2009 FunFunFun Fest, where I photographed the bands Ratatat, Danzig, Astronautalis and Of Montreal. As an intern for the Williamson County Public Information Office, I wrote press releases and helped prepare for the launch of their new mental health website—a job I found through Southwestern’s Office of Career Services. In summer 2009, thanks to Dr. Giuliano’s great connections, I interned at LifeWorks, Austin’s only nonprofit social services agency and an amazing place that inspired me to pursue a career in social work. I saw the inner-workings of an agency that was making a difference in people’s lives and I knew that I wanted to be part of something similar. As a result, I’ve headed just south to The University of Texas at Austin for the Master’s in Social Work program. UT’s program is one of the best in the country, but somewhere in the back of my mind I think I’m here because I’m not yet ready to be too far from Southwestern. whitney { }laashometown: Brookshire major: Psychology I never got into intramurals, but I loved being “Seeker” whenever someone would start the occasional Quidditch match on the mall. 26 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 27. Today, I’m more confident than ever in my leadership skills and my ability to take on new challenges. My Southwestern Experience helped develop my character as well as my life skills, both analytically and socially. Most significantly, I developed many long-lasting relationships with fellow students and campus staff that I know will continue long after graduation. The “defining moment” that started my trans- formation was the “Pirate Training” dance contest during freshman orientation. I knew I was a pretty good dancer but was never one to show off, espe- cially in front of hundreds of other students. However, I also knew this was an opportunity to start making a name for myself. I went down onto the court and did my thing. I won the contest and soon after, I became known as “the guy who can dance.” That was just the beginning...that experience helped me build the self-esteem I needed to become an active student on campus. Ever since, I have accepted the role and responsibility to be a leader, whether in the classroom, on the court or in the community. In my four years at Southwestern, I was very active in the Pirate community, especially in athletics. When I wasn’t focused on school- work, I enjoyed playing basketball, working out (anything that keeps the body fit) and playing “Catch Phrase” with my friends. When I got stressed, I would try to read the Bible or take a break to call my parents. As a member of the men’s basketball team (captain my junior and senior year), I was chosen to be a Southwestern representative for the NCAA Leadership Conference, held in Orlando, Fla., in June 2008. I received SCAC all-conference recognition my junior year and was voted to the All-Conference Sportsmanship Team my junior and senior year. In addition, I received the Tex Kassen Male Athlete of the Year award in 2009. (See also Athletics, Page 21.) I was also involved with the Southwestern Intramural and Recreational Activities (SIRA) program and worked as an intramural supervisor for three years. As a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and as president of the organiza- tion for two years, I had the honor of speaking at the annual FCA banquet in Austin alongside Colt McCoy, former UT quarterback. These experiences enabled me to become a more outspoken and influential leader, not just on campus but also in the community. As a mentor at Georgetown’s Annie Purl Elementary School, I visited the school at least once a week. I am now more confident in my decision- making skills and not afraid to step out on a limb when it comes time to stand up for something I believe in. I strongly believe that Southwestern equipped me with the skills—both academically and socially—to be successful in life, and prepared me to make a difference wherever I go. Where’s that? To be determined...possibly business school or seminary. { } a.c.cox hometown: Flower Mound major: Business I was blessed at Southwestern to be surrounded by coaches, teachers and friends who cared about me and about the person I will become. 27FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 28. kimberly griffin { }hometown: Rockwall major: Environmental Studies/Spanish As I look back on my Southwestern Experience, I realize my worldview has changed a lot. My liberal arts education has shown me that much is missed about the big picture when something is dissected or isolated from other related elements. The only reason anything has meaning is because it has a relationship to something else—another person, place, idea or perspective. I came to this understanding through my collec- tive experiences at Southwestern, starting in my First-Year Seminar when we studied Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhizome. I became involved with Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK) and quickly declared Environmental Studies as my major, excited that my studies would be closely tied to my activism. I especially liked tackling issues from an interdisciplinary approach. When I applied for the Paideia Program the second semester of my first year, I really didn’t know what I was getting into, but that intrigued me. My cohort of seven students included majors in theatre, physics, political science, computer science, math and international studies. We studied with Dr. Kim Smith, professor of art history. I think having different perspectives was one of the most valuable aspects of Paideia. Because our cohort was together for three years, we were able to get to know each other really well, and transcended traditional academic disci- plines in our discussions about issues happening inside and outside the classroom. I was forced to think about what “environ- mental studies” really meant when I began plan- ning the first Youth Environmental Summit for high school students. I really wanted to show younger students that environmental issues can be understood through a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and that you don’t have to be a scientist to make a difference. Ultimately, the summit was a big part of my academic develop- ment. It forced me to think about the ways in which environmental issues can or should be analyzed and communicated. During a semester abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico, my view of environmental studies was broadened even further as I was exposed to a different type of learning. About half of our class time was spent analyzing texts and theories much like my classes at Southwestern, but the other half was spent visiting sacred sites, murals or fields, and learning from Mexicans who had personal experiences with the topic at hand. The most useful part of this educational model was drawing connections between the global issues we studied and the local manifestations of such phenomena. This solidified my belief that when studying complex issues such as environmental degradation and social injustice, it is necessary to have a broad view encompassing interconnec- tions between the issues. Over the summer, I remained on campus working with Bob Mathis, associate vice president for facilities and campus services. I’ve recently accepted a position as Development Associate with Austin Habitat for Humanity where I’ll get to use my Spanish, and put my global view to work for the betterment of humankind. I’m really excited! Through Paideia® , I gained friends that shared my intellectual curiosity. That's been a really important part of my liberal arts education. 28 SouthwesternMagazine
  • 29. The things I liked to do at Southwestern: learn about science, think about writing a chil- dren’s book about science, learn to dance, watch and talk about TEDtalks, improvise and write. Seriously, Southwestern was great because it confused the hell out of me...for a while. While I perpetually sipped Yerba Maté, Southwestern deconstructed my world and helped put it back together again. College was a tumultuous time as I tried to understand what it means to see the world through modern-scientific eyes, how it gets deconstructed by postmodernism, and how we can move forward gracefully. The magic of Southwestern is that in the midst of the philo- sophical turmoil it precipitates, it provides wildly synergistic opportunities to untangle the mess of our modern dilemmas. While some classes deconstructed the cultural basis of western science, Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK) used physics, chemistry and biology to make the case for sustainability. Fortunately, Southwestern also provided me with opportunities for fun—running around in the sun (usually with a lacrosse stick), doing improv ’till the wee hours with Cooper Street, making breakfast burritos and learning that the universe is pretty similar to Mycellium. It all started when I read both Ishmael and Into the Wild and was convinced that moder- nity was cursed by capitalism and an atomistic worldview. I told my parents I was going to buy a plane ticket to Alaska rather than return to Southwestern. They begged me to stick with it... at least until I got a degree. Ultimately, I stayed with my physics courses, and low and behold, I received a research grant from Southwestern to travel to Alaska during summer 2009 with (Associate Professor of Physics) Dr. Bill O’Brien. The grant sponsored my senior research project to investigate methods of increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. It was science, sustainability and Alaska! What more could I ask for? Needless to say, it was infinitely more rewarding to be in Alaska as a scientist than as a bum. As things stand, I’m taking my physics degree and my quirky habits—making funny faces when friends aren’t looking and folding whatever piece of paper is in front of me into a crane or a box—to New Mexico State University to study chemi- cal engineering. Specifically, I’m interested in researching low-technology methods of securing and purifying water that can be used in develop- ing nations. I should know soon whether I’ve received a grant from the New Mexico Rotary Club to take my research to Argentina in 2011, where water shortages are beginning to affect rural communities. It’s a way of taking the best of science and using it to sustain the diversity and sovereignty of some remarkable cultures. It’s tough to put a price tag on an education, but as a Southwesten graduate, I now feel like a capable, modern citizen. By understanding the basis of the assumptions that have shaped the present world, I think we can move forward with more enlightened decisions and incorporate the health and well-being of an increased number of Earth’s residents. I think that’s my goal, and I hope it all works out. { }hometown: Albuquerque, N.M. major: Physics connor hanrahan The defining moment of my Southwestern Experience was Paideia® . The program was an irreplaceable part of my education. Paideia teaches a lesson of balance...that begins with authentic dialogue... This is a discussion that I want to be a part of. 29FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 30. 30 SouthwesternMagazine A. Maria Cuevas specialty: reproductive endocrinology B. Rebecca Sheller’82 specialty: cellular neurobiology C. Maria Todd specialty: molecular genetics of cancer Photograph by Lance Holt
  • 31. LifeattheMolecularLevel a midst a lab filled with light and laughter, there’s serious work to be done. Picture three women talking, laughing, even crying over life’s day-to-day events, all while working together to find something that may someday provide answers to the seemingly endless questions the world has about the causes of and cures for breast cancer. Maria Cuevas, Rebecca Sheller ’82 and Maria Todd, associate professors of biology at Southwestern, have worked as a research team since the summer of 2008, with the philosophy that “three quirky heads are better than one.” Among them, they have three significant others, three children and quite literally a menagerie of household pets, not to mention three doctoral degrees, 36 years of combined teaching and research experience (at Southwestern alone) and a host of published scientific papers. They even say they’d like to take a tap dancing class together, “if we’re the only ones in the class,” laughs Cuevas. In August 2009, Todd and Cuevas (aka “the Marias”) received a nearly $99,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Major Research Instrumentation Program. “We were in short supply of equipment,” says Todd. “Some say your research is only as good as your instrumenta- tion, so we used the grant to purchase three new pieces of equipment right away.” Thanks to the grant, the Southwestern molecu- lar biology labs now feature three new instru- ments that enable researchers to investigate the behavior of normal cells verses that of cancer cells—a cell counter, a phase contrast microscope and a flow cytometer. “The new microscope is connected to a computer so that the enlarged images of cells can be shared with others on the monitor (or in print). It’s a great teaching tool,” says Sheller. In addition to the equipment being available for their biology and chemistry colleagues to utilize, Cuevas says, “It allows for an enhanced lab experience for our upper-level classes. Students are becoming better trained and familiar with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) equipment. It’s beneficial for them to be exposed to these types of instruments and their uses as they apply to graduate programs.” What began in 2004 as a research idea by Todd and two Paideia® students, became an oppor- tunity to do research that may someday lead to gene therapy for cancer. Cuevas, Todd and Sheller, along with two students each year, are studying claudin-3, a protein found in the tight junctions that link adjacent cells together and prevent leakage between cellular layers. These junctions ensure the correct compartmentaliza- tion and functioning of tissues and organs. “We are studying the effects of elevated versus normal levels of claudin-3 protein on cell-to-cell adherence and communication in normal and breast cancer cells,” says Todd. “The challenge of molecular biology,” adds Sheller, “is that investiga- tions of small, invisible molecules must be done indirectly, using multiple controls.” Todd explains, “Basic research like ours is important because it can lead to broad ramifica- tions for multiple subdisciplines. But, it’s not an overnight process, and nothing is done in isola- tion—we regularly present our data and receive feedback from our peers at conferences, in addi- tion to monitoring relevant research literature and staying up-to-date with developments in new technologies.” According to their colleague, Associate Professor of Biology Martín Gonzalez, “This collaboration is distinctive because Drs. Sheller and Cuevas are not trained cancer researchers. Yet I believe they bring a unique perspective to the research, LifeattheMolecularLevel 31FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu
  • 32. inspiring hope Student-Focused based on their areas of expertise, that is invaluable to this collaboration. Their work will provide a foundation for other researchers to build on, and will bring recognition to Southwestern.” Todd adds, “Ultimately we need to help bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside, meaning researchers need to work together with physicians to facilitate the translation of research findings into new clinical practices.” Student-Focused Sheller, an active member of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)—an organization that promotes best prac- tices to build and sustain strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engi- neering and mathematics—says PKAL encourages collaboration among students and advocates more dialog in classroom. “However,” she says, “if the classroom is too interactive, you lose scientific content. The lab is the more social and interactive time, and reinforces and makes real the informa- tion students have learned in class.” Todd adds, “As a researcher, you have to be opti- mistic, hopeful, a cheerleader, and have a sense of humor.” While the team enjoys working together in the lab, they agree that the opportunity to teach and work with undergraduate students is the reason they’ve chosen to be at Southwestern. “Not only is this a group of impressive research- ers, they are all phenomenal instructors as well. Students benefit tremendously from their passion for teaching and will benefit greatly from the research collaboration,” says Gonzalez. One such student—now alumna—is Brytanie Piana Marshall ’08, a third-year medical student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “It’s hard not to fall in love with Dr. Todd,” Marshall says. “She’s the whole package...a genius in terms of professionalism, education, confidence, intelligence and integrity.” Marshall began working in Todd’s lab during summer 2007 and says she quickly “became my personal mentor, helping me learn to take a compli- ment...to be gracious. Most important though, Dr. Todd taught me what it means to be a scientist with integrity.” One can have faith in Todd’s science and in her results, Marshall insists. “You can trust her science because she lives with integrity in all aspects of her life. She represents herself, her staff and Southwestern very well.” Even today, Marshall says she often asks herself, “How would Dr. Todd handle this?” Another alumna, Katy Eby ’04, feels “lucky to have been guided by Dr. Sheller’s expertise in class scheduling and career options, and encouraged to expand upon my experiences through under- graduate research.” She says, "From the moment I met Dr. Sheller, I was immediately inspired. The enthusiasm and energy she exhibits is contagious, and her methods of teaching allowed for a seamless transition from the classroom to the practicality of bench work.” Eby, who received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University earlier this year and is now working toward her M.D. at Vanderbilt, expands, “Dr. Sheller was the epitome of a scientific mentor, balancing masterful classroom skills with excel- lence in basic scientific research. The clear enjoy- ment she radiates while performing her many roles at Southwestern was influential in making my decision to become a physician-scientist.” A current student reaping the benefits of the NSF grant is senior Andrea Holland. “I have worked with Dr. Cuevas for two years—it’s amazing how much she’s helped me grow as a scientist,” she says. “She was patient with me through all of my novice blunders and has helped me see that research can be fun! She is always positive and energetic in the lab, which makes me excited about the work we’re doing.” In the 2010 spring semester, Holland began working with Cuevas on the claudin-3 research and is anxious to see the results they find in the next semester. She says, “It is a privilege to be able to work on a project like this because of the impact it could have on the scientific community. Working with such a prodigious scientist as Dr. Cuevas has added to my experience tenfold.” inspiring hope In fall 2009, Todd, Cuevas and Sheller received the “Inspiring Hope” award from the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. Marjorie Galleece, the organization’s director of navigation services, as well as a survivor, patient advocate, educator and fundraiser, says, “The kind of research Dr. Todd and her fellow researchers are doing is moving the focus of cancer ‘upstream’ where it needs to be if there’s to be any significant progress made in eradicating cancer.” Cuevas says, “The survivors are our inspiration to do our research.” Many others are also inspired by the team. Gonzalez explains, “Drs. Todd, Cuevas and Sheller are showing that collaboration can work, even at a smaller liberal arts university like Southwestern. They are working with each others’ strengths and making the collaboration look seamless.” 32 SouthwesternMagazine RebeccaSheller’82 ·has2rotweilersandapeekapoo ·lovestogetdirty(gardening),likes theoutdoors&camping ·oddestpet—chickens MariaTodd ·fromLondon,butpeoplesayshesounds Australian(orOklahoman) ·alatinamericandancer ·2010SUTeachingAwardrecipient MariaCuevas ·usedtoworkwith&studydogfishsharks ·oddestpet—vegetariangecko(eatsbabyfood) ·adessertconnoisseur
  • 33. TTraci Giuliano, professor of psychology and recipi- ent of both Southwestern’s 2010 Excellence in Academic Advising and 2010 Teaching Awards, has an intimidating list of credentials to her name. Most recently, she has been named holder of the John H. Ducan Chair and has received her second Southwestern University Teaching Award since joining the faculty in 1994. But, as she stands in her bare feet, proudly displaying the pictures of former research students that adorn the walls of her research lab, Giuliano is far from intimidating. In fact, her enthusiasm is infectious. “When I was an undergraduate student at UT,” she says, “my mentor—now a social psychologist at Harvard University—treated me like a graduate student; my ideas were equal to theirs and his. I appreci- ated it so much that I immediately knew I wanted to treat my students the same way—as equals.” In her 16 years at Southwestern, that’s exactly what she’s done, and the results have not gone unnoticed. Giuliano’s students have done extremely well in national research paper competitions, spon- sored by Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, with 10 students placing in these competi- tions over the last 12 years. Most recently, Stacy Mathis ’10 placed first in the Psi Chi/J.P Guilford Undergraduate Research Awards competition. She is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in counsel- ing psychology at Texas Tech University. Kathryn Bollich ’10 placed second in the Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon Psychology Award competition and received a full scholarship to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in social psychology. “I have really high expectations for my students and for myself,” says Giuliano. “I tell them that they will work harder in my lab than they ever have before, but that the rewards will also be better. I work hand- in-hand with them in the trenches,” she says.aa “I give lots of feedback, but I won’t rewrite a sentence for them. This enables them to be indepen- dent when I’m not around.” In preparing competition papers, students often write 20, 30 or even 40 drafts before they are ready for submis- sion. “By the time they get to graduate school,” says Giuliano, “they may only need to write 20 drafts to get it right.” Whitney Laas ’10, currently pursuing a Master of Science in Social Work at The University of “By the time they get to graduate school, they may only need to write 20 drafts to get it right.” Tough Professor = Award-Winning Students by Shannon Hicks ’12 2010 graduates Kathryn Bollich, Stacy Mathis and Whitney Laas (pictured with Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano) presented a poster at Southwestern’s annual Student Works Symposium in April. 33FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu academicsinfocus
  • 34. Texas at Austin, says “Unlike most other under- graduate students, with Dr. Giuliano I had the chance to design and conduct several studies with my fellow research assistants. We were able to draft manuscripts of our own original research. Students from her lab end up leaving with a thor- ough understanding of the research process and a realistic idea of what the graduate workload is like.” (See Laas’ Senior Story on Page 26.) Giuliano says her emphasis on realis- tic preparation is the reason that, “When my students get to graduate school, their mentors write and thank me for sending them a second- or-third-year graduate student. They’re in classes with more advanced graduate students who ask for their advice.” As her students complete graduate school and go on to pursue careers in the psychology field, they and Giuliano often stay in touch. “We form lifelong relationships,” she says. “Ten years later, we still keep in touch.” It is the close bond that she has with her students that Giuliano says has made it easy to be successful. “Dr. Giuliano is probably the toughest professor I had while at Southwestern, but it is because she genuinely sees potential in her students and wants them to reach that potential,” says Mathis. “We had some pretty fun times too. We ate a ton of junk food, listened to music and just talked about life. Dr. G is definitely on my list of the top five things I miss about Southwestern.” It is clear that Giuliano and her students adore each other and that their love of psychology and dedication to the practice has culminated during their years together at Southwestern. “Mentoring future scholars is the best part of what I do,” says Giuliano. “We ate a ton of junk food, listened to music and just talked about life.” Deaf and Disability Studies, Interdisciplinary Perspectives edited by Susan Burch and Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies The Friends We Keep; Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals by Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion Reading Michael Chabon by Helene Meyers, professor of english Siva’s Demon Devotee; Karaikkal Ammaiyar by Elaine Craddock, professor of religion Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal; Alienation, Participation and Modernity by Shannon L. Mariotti, assistant professor of political science White Chief, Black Lords; Shepstone & the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845–1878 by Thomas V. McClendon, professor of history 34 SouthwesternMagazine FacultyWorks Outside the Classroom
  • 35. Now that I’ve been President of The Association for a year, I thought I’d share a bit of my Southwestern Experience. The year was 1959. The Korean War was six years past and the Vietnam lottery draft wouldn’t begin for another decade. As a first-year student at Southwestern, it was an idyllic time. There were less than 600 students, equally male and female, with a balanced academic distribution between arts, sciences and the humanities. Men were active in athletics, both varsity and intramu- ral, and there was a robust Greek system. It was a time of personal engagement. No cell phones or e-mail meant that we talked to each other face- to-face. We were a tight-knit community. In the 40 plus years since graduating, things have changed at Southwestern. The campus community has grown and is more diverse, the athletics program has exploded with more varsity sports engaging talented young men and women. These memories, our growth, the quality of the academic program and alumni opportunities for personal growth are what motivate me. As one of your representatives on the Board of Trustees, I want you to know that while I value Southwestern’s past, much about Southwestern’s future excites me, including: Gradually growing the student body to• 1,500–1,600 students while maintain- ing a ratio of 10–12 students per faculty member. Investing in the development of excep-• tional Southwestern faculty and staff. Supporting the growth of the University’s• athletics programs and facilities. Raising the visibility of the University to• improve our competitiveness in attracting the best new students and enabling alumni to enter preferred graduate programs, find jobs and lead fulfilling lives. Marshalling the resources to capture the• potential of the Greek System. You, too, can be involved in shaping Southwestern’s future by: Participating in a Local Association, Alumni• Connection Group or Class Reunion. Attending Volunteer Leadership Weekend,• January 28–29, 2011. Referring prospective students.• Financially supporting your Alma Mater• with gifts directed to programs you wish to support. Your Alumni Council and Alumni Assembly encourage you to be an “activist” for Southwestern. To contribute your “time, talent and treasure” in ways that reward you. To learn more and to get involved, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by e-mailing alumni@southwestern.edu, calling 800-960-6363 or visiting http://sualumni.net. Make a difference in Southwestern’s future! Steve Raben ’63 President, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni Association of Southwestern University Alumni The 35FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu President Steve Raben ’63 President-Elect Blake Stanford ’81 Class Relations Chair Nisa Sharma ’92 Nominations and Awards Chair Rev. Dr. Paul Barton ’83 Homecoming and Reunions Chair Sarah Walthall Norris ’68 Local Associations Chair Maxie Duran Hardin ’73 Alumni Connection Groups Chair Katherine Merrill Andre ’99 Assembly Program Chair Rev. Milton Jordan ’62 Assembly Program Chair-Elect Yesenia Garcia ’03 Alumni Communications Chair Lisa Dreishmire ’91 Lifelong Learning Chair Ken Holley ’71 At-Large Member John Dapper ’91 At-Large Member Theodore Caryl ’76 Trustee Representative John Curry ’70 Student Representative Zoe Martin ’12 Alumni Council
  • 36. Fifth Annual Volunteer Leadership Weekend Volunteer Leadership Weekend will mark its fifth anniversary by inviting alumni, parent, faculty and staff volunteers to campus Jan. 28–29, 2011, to receive train- ing in areas in which they are currently engaged or for which they have expressed interest. This informative and produc- tive weekend will provide an opportunity for volunteers to meet one another, share and generate ideas, and plan for the year ahead. If you are interested in planning your class reunion, building a local association, forming an alumni connection group, recruiting prospec- tive students or assisting with University fundraising initia- tives, you will not want to miss this weekend. Volunteers work collaboratively with the Offices of Admission, Alumni and Parent Relations, Annual Giving and Development. For more infor- mation, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at alumni@southwestern.edu or 800-960-6363. Delta Delta Delta Centennial Celebration The Theta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Delta Delta is approach- ing its 100th anniversary. A celebrationisscheduledforMarch 25–27, 2011, at Southwestern. The Centennial Planning Committee, chaired by Jean Janssen ’84, started planning early to make this a memorable event. Tri-Delta alumnae are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to attend this special occasion. To learn about the Centennial Celebration or to volunteer, visit http://sualumni.net/TriDelta. Higher Education on the Texas Frontier T h e A s s o c i a t i o n o f Southwestern University Alumni presents the 2011 Alumni Assembly Program, 36 SouthwesternMagazine alumninews  Amalfi The Divine Coast 
  • 37. “Higher Education on the Texas Frontier: Southwestern and 1870s Williamson County.” Rev. Milton Jordan ’62 serves as the Alumni Assembly Program Chair on the Alumni Council and is the coordinator for the April 16, 2011, event. The Alumni Assembly Program will explore life in Central Texas in the Spanish Colonial Era, and will include a guided tour of the John G. Tower Library at Southwestern and a virtual tour of 1870s Williamson County. The program will bring schol- ars from Texas State University and Southwestern, as well as the former president of the Texas State Historical Association, and experts from the Williamson Museum and the Texas Historical Commission. For more informa- tion visit http://sualumni.net/ AssemblyProgram2011. Many Ways to Connect A number of ways in which to connect and network with alumni are offered by The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Join the new and improved online alumni community by logging in to http://sualumni.net where you may search the online alumni directory and update your information, submit a Class Note, find events in your area, join alumni connection groups, plan activities with your class, create a blog and post photos for members of the online alumni community to see. Visit the Career Services for Alumni page to learn about the many (free) ways the Office of Career Services can assist alumni, and to access PirateLink, a national, Web-based system for posting and searching for full- and part-time employment. The Association can also be found on Facebook and LinkedIn where news and interesting tidbits are shared. To discover the myriad of ways to connect with alumni, visit http://sualumni.net. 37FALL2010 www.southwestern.edu The Southwestern Experience continues on the Amalfi coast. Immerse yourself in southern coastal Italian culture and cuisine. Discover the quaint towns of Positano and Ravello, the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, the Isle of Capri and the cliff-top village of Sorrento during your week-long stay in Vietri sul Mare, Italy on The Divine Coast. An optional excursion on day eight will take you to the ancient ruins of Stabiae with Southwestern Professor of Art History Thomas Howe. Join Southwestern and Northwestern alumni May 18–26, 2011 for this inaugural lifelong learning travel experienceoffered by The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Spaceis very limited. Call 800-323-7373 today for availability. Visit http://sualumni.net/amalfi_2011 for special pricing andadditional information. The Association hopes to offer trips like this asa regular part of its lifelong learning offerings.
  • 38. 1948 Nettie Ruth Brucks Bratton, Georgetown, was honored in February at the Texas Democratic Women State Convention, “Be the Change You Want in Texas,” for being someone who embodied the theme. 1953 John Mood, San Diego, Calif., published another book titled A New Reading of Rilke’s “Elegies”: Affirming the Unity of “life-AND-death” in 2009 with publisher Edwin Mellen. The book culminates in a new inter- pretation of the German language poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duinese Elegies. This is a follow-up to his first book, Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties, which has been in print for 35 consecutive years and has become the second largest selling Rilke book in the English-speaking world. 1955 Thelma Travland Cardwell-Cale, Pleasanton, (See sidebar, Page 39). 1964 Tom McClellan, Garland, has published Reflections from Mirror City, a book of personal essays. 1965 Jim Smith, Pasadena, was given the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Pasadena Independent School District. The award recog- nizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to the Pasadena School District. He served the district for 35 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and transportation director before retiring in 2002. 1969 F. Fleming Crim, Madison, Wis., was a recipient of the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in March. The Hilldale Award is the university’s top honor for faculty who excel in teaching, research and service. He researches chemical dynamics using lasers to study the mechanisms of chemical reactions in gases and liquids. His work has earned awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. Marc Raney, San Antonio, announced his March 2010 retire- ment from Trinity University, where he was the vice president for univer- sity advancement. He served Trinity for more than 30 years, and has been an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the national and regional levels. 1971 Tom Forbes, Austin, started stra- tegic consulting firm Longbow Partners LLP in February. The firm advises clients on public affairs and business strategy with engagements in the technology, pharmaceutical, nuclear energy, water, defense, oil and gas, education and other indus- tries. Longbow partners include Joey King ’93 and Bob Karr ’71. 1976 Dr. Jimmy Burkholder, Harlingen, is a dentist and received the masters level of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He practices adult restorative dentistry. 1977 Dawn Cardwell Murray, Pleasanton, (See sidebar, Page 39). 1978 Kay Webb Mayfield, Fairfax, Va., is director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of State. She is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. 1981 Robin Atkinson Woodson, Gilmer, has been teaching for 30 years. She has been teaching third grade students consecutively for 24 of those years, and has received an award recognizing her teaching service at Harmony Independent School District. The Original Social Network The following Class Notes were submitted between Oct. 17, 2009, and June 18, 2010. Share your accomplishments, achieve- ments and life milestones with friends and classmates! Submit your Class Note for the by visiting http://sualumni.net. Select “Connect” from the main menu, then “Class Notes.” You may also e-mail your Class Note to alumni@southwestern.edu.  Reunion Years 38 SouthwesternMagazine classnotes