SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 15, 2017 Twenty-five SMU faculty members have received 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research, “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.” Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation and the project’s sensitivity to value questions [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: December 11, 2017 Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2017 by Dedman College faculty. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore. Most are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. READ THE FULL LIST Books by Dedman College faculty Manjhi Moves a Mountain (Creston Books), by Nancy Churnin, shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough. When young Dashrath Manjhi realizes the mountain separates his poor village from a nearby village with schools, markets and a hospital, he sees a solution no one else can imagine. With only his hammer, chisel, grit and determination, Manjhi spends 20 years carving a path through the mountain. Rachel Ball-Phillips, SMU’s adjunct lecturer of South Asian [...]
SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 The SMU community will celebrate 2017 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 16. Kenneth A. Hersh, president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, will give the address. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports will open at 8:30 a.m. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.; doors close at 9:40 a.m. The faculty should assemble in academic dress no later than 9:40 a.m. in the Champions Club. On Friday, Dec. 15, undergraduate candidates will participate in Rotunda Recessional. Candidates should wear SMU regalia and begin lining up at 5:15 p.m. at the flagpole on the Main Quad. Hot cider will be served. > [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: November 23, 2017 This month, the House voted in favor of HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In an attempt to simplify the tax code, many deductions were eliminated in favor of a higher standard deduction for all Americans. One such repeal was Section 117(d)(5). Why is this so impactful, and why has its repeal caused such an uproar from those in higher education? To understand this question, you must first understand the complicated ways that universities compensate their graduate students. I'm a Ph.D. student at SMU studying particle physics, and at SMU and other major research institutions in the United States, students from all over the globe compete for a handful of positions in one of our [...]
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! SMU is closed November 23 and 24.
New York Times Originally Posted: November 3, 2017 Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once. Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to aSeptember Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong. READ MORE
SMU Homecoming: November 4, 2017 Reconnect with friends and classmates on the Boulevard before the Homecoming football game on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. and the parade on the Boulevard is at 3:15 p.m. Join us at the Dedman College tent immediately following the parade on the corner of Bishop & Binkley. You can find the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Alumni Relations tent located on the old Natatorium site.
Mustangs on the Move A Message from Thomas DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, the Red Queen tells Alice that “here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” The fast-paced lives of the students and faculty in Dedman College, who travel abroad for study and research, build out startup companies, protect the world from rogue aggression, and engage in taxing endurance sports would exhaust the Red Queen. But it’s all in a day’s work for these students, teachers, and scholars who somehow continually run twice as [...]