Tune In: ‘Mustang Minute’ captures magic moments at SMU

A new series by SMU Video Communications Manager Myles Taylor captures the excitement of the academic year in 60 seconds or less. The Mustang Minute will explore every corner of the campus to offer Taylor’s unique view of University events, activities and people. Click the YouTube screen above to view an early hit: the making of the Class of 2018 photo.

The Mustang Minute is available in the University’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/SMUVideo as well as through the new Mustang Minute blog. It will soon be available as a podcast via SMU on iTunesU.

> Watch and subscribe at Mustang Minute

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Anthony Herrera named executive director of Cox School’s Latino Leadership Initiative

Anthony Herrera is executive director for the Latino Leadership Initiative

Anthony Herrera has been named executive director for the Latino Leadership Initiative in SMU’s Cox School of Business.

SMU Cox Executive Education has announced the selection of Anthony Herrera as executive director for its Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI).

Herrera will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative, which works with the university and the business community to access an important talent resource and marketplace.  The LLI will operate to deliver management education programs, organization development services, new research-based insights and community engagement activities.

Launched in November 2013, the LLI is a new national center of excellence at SMU’s Cox School of Business designed to help meet the nation’s growing need for corporate leaders as the economy improves and national demographics evolve.  The LLI grew out of research that shows a gap in talent at the country’s executive leadership level.

“I am excited and honored to be joining the SMU Cox School of Business to champion the Latino Leadership Initiative,” Herrera said.  “The U.S. Latino demographic currently possesses an estimated purchasing power of $1.5 trillion dollars and a population growth of over 30 percent in the U.S. by 2050.  The Latino-driven demographic shift provides challenges for corporate leaders to position themselves for the growing Latino market and development of Latino executives and senior managers.  The Latino Leadership Initiative will address these challenges head on and be a true national center of excellence by leveraging SMU Cox’s geographic location, corporate relations and institutional resources.”

 “As the executive director of this initiative, Herrera will strengthen corporate and community relationships inside and outside the business school and SMU,” said SMU Cox Associate Dean of Executive Education Frank Lloyd. “He has corporate, academic, fundraising, faculty experience and business acumen skills, all of which will be invaluable in fulfilling the LLI’s mission.”

Herrera takes the helm of the LLI after five years as director of Career Development and Accounting Internships and lecturer in accounting at the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business, Department of Accounting and Business Law, where he helped prepare students for corporate positions and partnered with corporations to help expand their organizational diversity.

Previously, Herrera held management positions focused on recruiting and diversity in CBRE, Robert Half Finance and Accounting and KPMG.  He holds B.B.A. and M.S. degrees in accounting from SMU’s Cox School of Business.

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Faculty/staff tickets available early for 2014 SMU-Texas A&M football

SMU at TAMU 2013, via SMU Athletics

SMU at Texas A&M in 2013, via SMU Athletics

Due to high demand for tickets to the SMU-Texas A&M football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, SMU Athletics will distribute faculty and staff tickets next week instead of on game day.

Faculty and staff members can pick up SMU-TAMU tickets at the main Athletics Ticket Office near Gate 3 at Ford Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 2-Friday, Sept. 5. Tickets will be distributed between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or until all tickets have been claimed. Faculty/staff tickets must be picked up early for this game. There will be no game-day distribution.

SMU faculty and staff members with a valid University ID may receive up to two (2) complimentary tickets. In addition, each person can claim additional tickets for one (1) other faculty or staff member by bringing his or her University ID.

If a faculty or staff member would like to purchase additional tickets, he or she may do so when picking up complimentary tickets.

> Find SMU’s full 2014 football schedule at SMUMustangs.com

Reserved seats are limited, and all seats are subject to availability. When all reserved seats are allocated, standing-room-only tickets will be issued until the allotment is exhausted.

SMU Athletics has reminded the University community that the resale of complimentary tickets is prohibited and may result in the loss of ticket privileges for the rest of the academic year.

Faculty/staff tickets will be available on game day for all other 2014-15 SMU football home games. They can be claimed at the SMU Faculty/Staff Entrance at Gate 6. To view the entire 2014 football schedule, click here.

For more information, e-mail the Athletics Ticket Office.

> Visit SMU Athletics online at SMUMustangs.com

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Calendar Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014

Hawaiian Bible featured at Bridwell Libary's Missionary Presses Exhibition.

Hawaiian Bible. Missionary Presses: A Bridwell Library Exhibition.

Missionary Presses: A Bridwell Library Exhibition: This exhibition highlights Bibles and other religious texts in indigenous languages published by missionary presses in the 19th century. Printed throughout the world in a variety of languages and letterforms, these translations were disseminated for local use as an integral element of conversion efforts by various denominations. The exhibition opens Friday, Aug. 29 in Bridwell Library.

Faculty Senate in session: The SMU Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the West Ballroom, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Any member of the general faculty may attend.

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OE2C project aims to streamline contract administration process

SMU’s OE2C project has identified its next initiative: to update and streamline the University’s contracting processes.

To meet this goal, an SMU team “will seek to update risk policies to streamline the contracting process and to create a prioritization system for contract requests,” according to an update for SMU’s OE2C website dated Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

“These actions will help individuals understand how the contracting process works and create more transparency about the time required,” says Bill Detwiler, associate vice president for business services and program manager for OE2C.

Simmons Dean David Chard and Professor of Music Thomas Tunks, a former SMU associate provost, will lead the Contract Administration initiative. Additional team members are being identified. The organizers expect their work to begin in early September.

> Read the latest news at the redesigned SMU OE2C website: smu.edu/OE2c

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A health and safety message from President Turner

SMU President R. Gerald Turner sent the following message to students, faculty and staff on August 25, 2014:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the start of what promises to be a memorable Centennial year on the Hilltop. I wish each of you success as you pursue your academic, professional and personal goals.

Toward that end, it’s imperative that every member of our community play a role in maintaining a healthy and caring campus environment. All of us must be familiar with SMU policies, procedures and resources supporting that environment.

For this reason, I ask every student, faculty and staff member to read the online booklet “Live Responsibly,” which you can access on the SMU Live Responsibly website, smu.edu/LiveResponsibly. It addresses sexual misconduct and alcohol and substance abuse, which are serious health and safety issues at universities across the country, including SMU. Undergraduates also will be receiving a printed copy of this booklet in the mail to review and keep during their time at SMU.

Please carefully read the information provided about SMU’s Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) policy, and contact Title IX Coordinator Samantha Thomas in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity with any questions at 214-768-3601. It should be understood that SMU will vigorously pursue its policies and support state and federal laws. The federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime under Texas law punishable by imprisonment. SMU will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.

In the event of an emergency, including sexual assault or a medical emergency due to alcohol or drugs, SMU community members are urged to immediately call police and seek medical care for themselves and others. Please find more information about SMU and community resources available to help students in the Live Responsibly booklet and online.

In addition to SMU Police and the Title IX Coordinator, other SMU resources include trained confidential counselors at Counseling and Psychiatric Services and the Chaplain’s Office. The Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, the Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Women & LGBT Center also are here to support you. I encourage you to contact these resources to learn more about efforts to prevent sexual misconduct and substance abuse, and to attend the training and education programs offered throughout the year.

If faculty or staff members receive reports of sexual misconduct from students, please follow the procedures outlined on the Live Responsibly website, including notifying SMU’s Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible. If faculty and staff have non-emergency concerns about a student’s health or well-being, they can be shared confidentially through the Dean of Students’ Caring Community Connections online form.

To “Live Responsibly” at SMU means treating one another with care and respect and knowing how to get help in times of need. As the academic year begins, I urge each of you to be informed about health and safety, and to Live Responsibly.

R. Gerald Turner
SMU President

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Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Aug. 22, 2014

Dallas Hall stepsWelcome to the 2014-15 academic year, SMU community! Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
  • General Faculty Meeting: 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
  • First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2014-15: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events. Learn how to submit your own events at this link.

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SMU OE2C announces first initiative: travel and entertainment policy and tools

Dallas Hall renderingA 10-member SMU team representing various campus constituents has scheduled a demonstration of new tools to improve the way the University plans for and reimburses travel and entertainment expenses.

The vendors will visit campus to present their capabilities on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5, 2014. These demonstrations will be open to the broader SMU community. The time and location for these demonstrations will be announced soon.

The review of the University’s existing travel and entertainment policies is part of Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century. The OE2C microsite will provide additional information in the coming days.

> Frequently Asked Questions about SMU OE2C

“As the OE2C team traveled across campus conducting interviews, the most frequent suggestion we heard was addressing the University’s policies and processes for travel and entertainment,” said Bill Detwiler, associate vice president for business services and program manager for OE2C, and Martin Sweidel, professor of music, associate dean for administrative affairs in Meadows School of the Arts, and OE2C program coordinator. “We determined that improving the way SMU plans for and gets reimbursed for these expenses can save the University dollars and staff time.”

> More questions? Send them to SMU OE2C

Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century (OE2C) is a University-wide review of SMU’s financial structure and operating model, which aims to strengthen the long-term economic vitality of the University through operational improvements and savings.

> Bain & Company briefing: “The Financially Sustainable University” (PDF format)

SMU’s current OE2C site is undergoing a redesign to feature more information and more frequent new posts. Bookmark the site to stay up to date on the latest news.

Read the full statement from Detwiler and Sweidel under the cut.

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Simmons School’s Michael Harris named director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence

Michael Harris, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMUMichael Harris, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has been named director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. He began his new duties on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

Harris worked with previous CTE director Beth Thornburg throughout the summer to become familiar with the CTE’s operations. Thornburg returns to full-time teaching in Dedman School of Law in Fall 2014.

“Professor Harris takes over a Center that has grown and thrived under the exceptional leadership of Professor Thornburg. During her time as Director, the CTE has sponsored Faculty Learning Communities, initiated the New Faculty Teaching Excellence (NFTE) workshop series, and spearheaded an effort to recognize the excellent teaching performed by our lecturers,” wrote Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail message to the SMU community dated Friday, July 11, 2014.

“But more than developing programs and events, Professor Thornburg has underscored the importance of teaching to our academic mission. Please join me in extending our thanks and best wishes to Professor Thornburg and in welcoming Professor Harris to his new role.”

Harris came to SMU in August 2012 from the University of Alabama’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies. He earned his B.A. degree in history from the University of North Carolina and his M.S.Ed and Ed.D in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on issues facing higher education and has made numerous presentations to academic groups on such subjects as “Balancing the Demands of a New Faculty Position” and “Why Businesses Should Work Like a University.”

Professor Harris is a Council Member-at-Large of the American Educational Research Association, Division J, and has consulted with universities on various subjects including program planning for undergraduate general education curriculum.

> Visit SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence online

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Save the date: SMU’s Fall 2014 General Faculty Meeting will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will address the University faculty at the Fall General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The meeting will begin at 3:45 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater, following a reception beginning at 3 p.m. in the Theater foyer.

Newly tenured faculty will receive their regalia during the meeting. Faculty Senate President Jody Magliolo will give the Senate’s report, and Provost Paul Ludden will announce the winner of the 2013-14 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

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