Official University Calendar : 2017-2018

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017–2018 www.smu.edu/registrar/academic_calendar.asp This calendar includes an addendum listing religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy 1.9. For religious holidays not listed, contact the Office of the Chaplain. Graduate programs in the Cox School of Business, Perkins School of Theology and Dedman School of Law, and the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling within the Simmons School of Education and Human Development have different calendars. Dates that the offices of the University will be closed will be announced at a later date. PDF

Political Science professor comments on Comey testimony via Fox4 News

Good Day Texas Originally Posted: June 9, 2017 Trump reacted to the testimony early Friday morning after staying off Twitter for nearly two days. He said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication... and wow, Comey is a leaker!" SMU political science professor Dr. Cal Jillson joins Good Day to talk about the testimony and what it all means. Watch

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Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

SMU News Originally Posted: May 31, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – As a newly minted SMU graduate with three degrees, Kovan Barzani not only has exceeded his Kurdish-American parents’ expectations, but also reinforced their decision to flee Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime for “peace and peace of mind” in the U.S. While weighing three college scholarships during his last year at Liberty High School in Frisco, Kovan recalls his mother’s singular request, delivered with a smile: “Be sure to get at least two degrees – one for you and one for me.” As it happens, Kovan chose SMU precisely because it could offer not two but the three degrees he sought – in economics, public policy and management – while helping him cultivate the three virtues most valued by his family: [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:55:57+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

Why Texas ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ divides local law enforcement

Christian Science Monitor Originally Posted: May 17, 2017 The following is from the May 12, 2017, edition of The Christian Science Monitor. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story. Atlanta—From his 844-square mile territory of Texas cordgrass marshes and mesquite prairies, Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback responded to a ban on "sanctuary cities" in his state with a virtual tip of the Stetson. A number of Texas sheriffs and most major city police chiefs opposed the groundbreaking law signed on Sunday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. They say it coerces local cops to do federal immigration enforcement and would have a “chilling” effect on the state’s massive immigrant community. Sanctuary cities bar police from cooperating with federal immigration agents without a [...]

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Watch: Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks to CBS News 11

CBS 11 Originally Published: May 30, 2017 SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks about the possibility of a special legislative session to address a bathroom bill. Jillson says the Texas governor, who must decide whether to call a special session, is caught between social conservatives, who oppose the bill, and the business community, which favors the bill. Watch https://youtu.be/3SSBEYfq6eg

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Watch: SMU Year in Review 2016-2017

SMU News Originally Posted: May 25, 2017 https://youtu.be/XALcoZZb8uM  

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SMU’s 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017

 Baccalaureate Service :  8:00 p.m. Friday, May 19th Commencement: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20th Watch Online @ smu.edu/live MORE INFO: http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/MayCommencement  Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association [...]

Reports of Trump sharing intel with Russians puts relationship with intelligence services in jeopardy

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 SMU political science faculty are available to lend their expertise to journalists reporting on the latest politics of the day. A full list of available faculty and their areas of expertise is available here. Following are comments from SMU Political Science Professor Joshua Rovner, the John G. Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security, and director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies: On counterterrorism… “Trump’s decision to share highly classified intelligence with Russia threatens intelligence sharing with third parties, especially regional states like Jordan. The US relies heavily on such agreements, and intelligence officials work hard to sustain relations with their counterparts even during times of political turmoil. Their job just got a lot harder.” [...]

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