SMU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

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From mid-September through mid-October, SMU joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions, culture and heritage of Hispanic Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Month was first approved in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a 7-day observation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the recognition to cover a 30-day period. Coinciding with independence anniversaries of seven Latin American countries, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and is celebrated through Oct. 15.

Viva 2014 Viva America: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off

SMU kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with Viva America on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Van Meter Performance Plaza outside of Mustang Band Hall.  Co-hosted by SMU Multicultural Student Affairs and College Hispanic American Students, Viva America is an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Beginning with a flag ceremony, the festival also includes a DJ, live cultural performances, Latin food, aguas frescas and dancing.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SMU Multicultural Student Affairs.

 

Hispanic Heritage MOnth 2014

Additional activities celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and contributions include:

  • Sept. 23: Voter Registration: The Sleeping Giant (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Sept. 28: Fiesta Latino Americano (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Oct. 4: Service Day (TBA)
  • Oct. 10: LULAC in the Community (TBA)
  • Oct. 22: Cesar Chavez Movie (7:30 p.m.)
  • Oct. 26: La Familia Luncheon (1 p.m.)
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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 17, 2014

BwjF4ZXCEAAqvAlRonald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid: As part of the Presidential Forum lecture series, the SMU Center for Presidential History presents “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid.” Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement,” the event will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests: Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt and Piero Gleijeses. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium. Register for the forum online.

Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne Book Signing: DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries presents Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne and his new book, No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson – Texas Visionary. Payne shares the biography of J. Erik Jonsson, the industrialist who led Texas Instruments during its rise to become one of the nation’s leading electronics firms. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. in DeGolyer Library. For additional information or to RSVP, e-mail DeGolyer Library.

Economics Seminar Series: The Department of Economics presents Denis Nekipelov from the Departments of Economics and Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Dr. Nekipelov will share his recent work on advertising Friday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m. in 303 Umphrey Lee. For more information about the seminar series, click here.

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Happiness Symposia: Continuing its two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes you Smile?,” the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents Peter Huang from the University of Colorado Law School Friday, Sept. 19. Dr. Huang will share how happiness research can inform legal policy, as well as improve legal education and practice. The event will take place in McCord Auditorium at 5 p.m. For more information, e-mail Elizabeth Fielding.

Friday Night Stampede: Celebrate the 100th season of SMU Athletics and the first home football game by joining SMU for a special Friday Night Stampede on Sept. 19. Put on your red spirit attire and head out for the dedication of the new Mustang Band Hall at 7 p.m. Stick around for a block party starting at 7:30 p.m. on Mustang Mall. Then at 8:30 p.m. enjoy a Mustang Band concert and pep rally Doak Walker Plaza. For more information, visit the SMU Stampede homepage.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Book Signing: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand presents Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. Off the Sidelines is New York Senator Gillibrand’s call to action encouraging every woman and girl to make their voice heard on issues they care about. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

World Peace Day: Celebrate World Peace Day with live music, poetry, food and special guest speakers from Human Rights Initiative, Dallas Peace Center, and other local organizations. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 21, 4-7 p.m. on the Quad in front of Dallas HallFor more information, e-mail Amber Jackson.

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SMU breaks ground on Harold Clark Simmons Hall

Harold Clark Simmons Hall at SMU, artist's rendering

An artist’s rendering of Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the second building in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development quad. The University broke ground for the new facility on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

SMU broke ground on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 for the second building in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development complex.

Harold Clark Simmons Hall was funded by a gift of $25 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013. The gift will also support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named in honor of the late Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request.

“This new building will support the growing impact and leadership of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Simmons School excels in research productivity and innovative programs that have direct application to the critical education needs in our community and beyond,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The generosity of Harold and Annette Simmons reflects their wisdom and foresight in supporting programs that expand human potential and achievement. We are grateful to them for enabling us to increase student and faculty achievement in the school.”

> Visit the Simmons School online at smu.edu/simmons

Situated along Airline Drive, Harold Clark Simmons Hall will be a three-story, 40,000-square-foot academic building and home to the Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education, the Teacher Development Studio and the Department of Teaching and Learning. The facility also will include classrooms, labs, faculty and administrative offices and conference rooms to meet the expanding program needs of the school. Completion is scheduled for late 2015.

“One dean should not have this much fun,” said David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean of the Simmons School, noting that in the space of a very short time, he has been privileged to break ground on two buildings made possible by Harold and Annette Simmons.

“Harold C. Simmons Hall represents a generous commitment to the teachers and children of our region,” Chard added. “It will enable the Simmons School to help teachers optimize their impact on children’s education. It will also serve as the hub of our community-based programs, allowing us to expand our understanding of the relationship between schools and the communities they serve.”

In 2007 Harold and Annette Simmons made a historic $20 million gift to SMU, which established endowments for the school and provided funding for the school’s first new building, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. The gift created an endowed graduate fellowship fund and an endowed deanship and faculty recruitment fund, both of which honored Mr. Simmons’ parents, who were educators in Golden, Texas. In recognition of their commitment, SMU named the school the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Their combined gifts of $45 million to the school make Harold and Annette Simmons’ commitment among the largest to SMU’s Second Century Campaign, also making them among the most generous donors in SMU’s 100-year history. Previous gifts include the endowment of four President’s Scholars and the creation of the Simmons Distinguished Professorship in Marketing in the Cox School of Business.

“The innovative programs of the Simmons School, including those to be housed in the new Harold Clark Simmons Hall, have the potential to influence the direction of American education,” said Paul Ludden, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “They are also examples of the kind of intellectual capital that SMU is increasingly able to provide for the region and the nation.”

“We were a collection of unrelated programs,” Dean Chard said to Mrs. Simmons. “The seeds you and Harold planted have (allowed the Simmons School to become) a force for change.”

Harold Clark Simmons Hall will serve as home for these Simmons School programs:

  • The Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education focuses on a strategic and holistic approach to fighting poverty by transforming education. It equips school districts and nonprofits as they work together to assess and meet the extraordinary needs of children in poverty. The center builds data-sharing infrastructure, makes previously inaccessible data available, teaches partners to translate data and uses data to develop collaborative and highly targeted plans to accelerate students’ academic success. Its work centers on West Dallas as a model that eventually can be adopted by other urban areas. Endowed in 2014 by Russell and Dorothy Budd ’06, the center is the backbone organization for The School Zone, a West Dallas collaboration of 26 social service agencies and 23 public and private schools.
  • The Teacher Development Studio will occupy three laboratories that are technologically equipped to train students in teaching, instructional design and assessment. These labs offer teachers a place to practice being teachers in low-stakes environments:
  • The Teaching Performance Lab will simulate pre-K–12 classroom environments with computer avatars standing in for students. The avatars play the roles of students in classroom situations, and the teacher interacts through the same technology used in video games.
  • The Assessment Lab offers software programs that allow teachers to create assessments and evaluate student performance. Assessment outcomes will be relayed to the Instructional Design Lab, where teachers can construct the resources they need to connect with their students.
  • The Instructional Design Lab will provide teachers access to state-of-the-art technology as well as conventional materials to develop unit and lesson plans and technology applications to support student learning.

> Read the full story from SMU News

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SMU celebrates 2014 Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17

SMU Constitution Day 2014 flyerSMU celebrates good citizenship with food, fun and prizes at the 2014 Constitution Day observance 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

The event is cosponsored by the Office of the ProvostCentral University LibrariesHughes-Trigg Student Center and the Office of Student Affairs.

Food and refreshments will be served; other highlights include a U.S. Constitution trivia game, with prizes awarded for correct answers.

The U.S. Constitution defines the structure of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the federal government, as well as the duties, limitations of power and interaction of each with the others. The Constitution also defines the rights of individual citizens in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the document.

Constitution Day – also known as Citizenship Day – commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and recognizes all who are born in the United States or who have become naturalized citizens. The federal law establishing the observance was created in 2004.

For the latest information, contact Lisa O’Donnell in the Provost’s Office and follow @SMUConstDay on Twitter.

Visit the U.S. Constitution’s official homepage at the National Archives
Find educational resources at the National Constitution Center homepage
Learn more about the observance and its history at ConstitutionDay.com
Read primary documents in American history at the Library of Congress website

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Award-winning author NoViolet Bulaweyo ’07 returns to SMU for 2014 Common Reading discussion Monday, Sept. 15

Acclaimed author NoViolet Bulawayo ’07 returns to the Hilltop to discuss We Need New Names – her award-winning first novel and the University’s 2014 Common Reading – with the Dallas community. Her talk will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

The lecture and Q&A are free and open to the public.

Bulawayo, known to many at SMU by her given name of Elizabeth Tshele, earned her master’s degree in English from the University in 2007 after receiving her bachelor’s in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In 2010, she received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell as a Truman Capote Fellow. She recently completed a 2012-14 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.

Her pen name is a tribute both to her mother, who died when she was 18 months old (NoViolet means “with Violet” in her native Ndebele), and to her childhood home, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe.

“There’s a lot to be excited about,” says Senior Lecturer in English Diana Grumbles Blackman, director of SMU’s Discernment and Discourse Program and chair of the University’s Common Reading committee. “NoViolet is young, her star is rising, and we think students will be excited about where an SMU education might take them.”

Blackman never met Bulaweyo during her SMU student days, but “many, many of my colleagues are incredibly fond of her,” she says. “She has a lot of fans in the English Department, and they’re thrilled to see her back.”

SMU Magazine: Alumna traces career awakening to SMU

'We Need New Names' by NoViolet BulawayoWe Need New Names tells the story of 10-year-old Darling, a Zimbabwean girl whose unexpected opportunity to live in the United States turns out very differently from her fantasies. The semi-autobiographical first novel has received several prestigious awards and recognitions, including the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Fiction, the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Additionally, Bulaweyo became the first black African woman to make the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize (in 2013) and made The New York Times’ 2013 Notable Books of the Year list, as well as National Public Radio’s “Great Reads of 2013.”

We Need New Names is only the second work of fiction chosen for the University’s Common Reading since the program began in 2004. The first, How to Be Good by Nick Hornby, was SMU’s Common Reading selection in 2007.

The novel is also the first Common Reading selection to be written by an SMU graduate.

Learn more from SMU’s Common Reading homepage: smu.edu/commonreading

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Sports: Highlights, Sept. 12, 2014

imageMen’s Football: Citing personal issues, June Jones resigned as head coach of the SMU football program effective Monday, Sept. 8. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Tom Mason will serve as head coach for the remainder of the season. SMU has a bye this week and will have its home opener Saturday, Sept. 20 against Texas A&M.

Women’s SoccerAfter four consecutive home matches, the women’s soccer team heads to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a non-conference match against Colorado State at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12. SMU is looking to extend its winning streak to two after toppling UTSA, 2-1, last Sunday. More information on the match, including live stats, is available here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 4.35.09 PMWomen’s Volleyball: Mustangs travel to Arkansas to put their five-match win streak on the line as they look to claim their second tournament title of the season Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. SMU is 5-1, winning five straight after falling in the first match of the season. Additionally, Mustangs rank tied for 37th in the NCAA and leads the American Athletic Conference with 2.64 blocks per set.

 SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau

SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau

Men’s Golf: SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau is across the Pacific Ocean, representing the United States at the Sept. 10-13 World Amateur Team Championship in Karuizawa, Japan. Dechambeau, a Second Team All-American after last season, teams with Texas’ Beau Hossler and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy on the USA squad at the prestigious international event. More information on the WATC, including live scoring, is available here.

SMU Athletics Announces Partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc.: SMU Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports’ Mustang Sports Properties, recently announced a partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc. for the 2014-15 football season. Uber will host a designated pick-up station for all six SMU home football games. Located in the parking lot of Highland Park United Methodist Church near Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Uber’s pick-up station will be a designated location for riders and drivers to connect after each game. Fans can take advantage of the SMU-Uber relationship starting Saturday, Sept. 20 when the Mustangs host the Texas A&M Aggies in their home opener. Additional details about the Uber pick-up location can be found on SMU Athletics’ social media platforms.

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SMU DCII asks ‘What is happiness?’ in 2014 IMPACT Symposia

SMU DCII Happiness SymposiumSMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute kicks off its 2014-15 programming with a long look at the science of happiness.

The two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes You Smile?” begins Thursday, Sept. 11 with Professor Dan Haybron of Saint Louis University speaking on “The Happiness that Matters” at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Haybron will bring up questions of whether the “happiness” that researchers study is important enough to a major life goal or policy concern. He will also discuss contemporary views of happiness as either “judgment” theories, which define happiness as being satisfied with your life, and “feeling” theories, which define happiness as a positive emotional condition. He will also discuss his finding: that happiness is a rich and complex psychological phenomenon, which plays a central role in a good life and a good society.

Visit SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute online

Future events in the series will include the following speakers and dates. All events take place in McCord Auditorium:

  • 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 – “Happiness and the Law: Applying Happiness Research to Legal Policy, Legal Education, and Legal Practice” with Peter Huang of the University of Colorado Law School.
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 – “The Politics and Polemics of Happiness: Back to Postwar Future” with Mary Esteve of Concordia University.
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 – “Happiness and the Brain” with Kent Berridge of the University of Michigan.

The IMPACT Symposia series aims to bring together faculty from across the disciplines and schools at SMU as well as individuals from the broader local and national academic communities to discuss and debate issues of pressing concern. Funding for the symposia has been provided by the Embrey Family Foundation.

> Learn more about Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Happiness Symposia

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Tune In: Tower Center’s Joshua Rovner talks national security after al Qaeda on ‘Think’ Sept. 11, 2014

Joshua RovnerJoshua Rovner, director of studies in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will discuss U.S. national security strategies in a post-al Qaeda landscape on KERA 90.1 FM Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Rovner will appear on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the 1-2 p.m. hour with Hal Brands, assistant professor of public policy and history at Duke University.

Tune in at www.kera.org/listen

Rovner and Brands are also among the speakers in tonight’s Tower Center Forum, “After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy.” Joining them will be Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies Program at MIT. The discussion, moderated by Rovner, will explore American “grand strategy” of the past, present, and future for maintaining national security.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. It is free and open to the public; reservations are required. RSVP to the Tower Center.

Learn more about SMU’s Tower Center online

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SMU Guildhall deputy director heads out for active duty in Afghanistan

SMU Guildhall Deputy Director Capt. Steven Cole, US Navy ReserveSteven Cole, deputy director of operations with The Guildhall at SMU and a captain in the United States Navy Reserve, has answered the call of duty for a one-year deployment with the NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

Capt. Cole will serve as director of the NATO-led Multinational Fusion Center, Regional Command North (RC-North) – a United Nations-mandated NATO mission in Mazar-i-Sharif with personnel from 17 different countries.

“The objective is to build the nation and help build the capacity of self-rule. Our primary mission is outreach to the community,” says Cole, whose Navy intelligence service focuses on counterinsurgency, human terrain and strategic analysis.

“Having been a reservist my entire career, this is just another opportunity to serve when asked,” Capt. Cole adds. His experience in joint operations made him a good fit for his current assignment, he says. “The U.S. Navy has the best, most educated and experienced intelligence professionals in the world, so the Navy is always at the top of the list for these assignments.”

Steven Cole joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in February 1986; he earned his B.B.A. degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University in 1978. His first Navy Reserve assignment was in North Texas: as assistant training officer to Fleet Intelligence Rapid Support Team, Pacific 0470 (FIRSTPAC 0470) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Dallas in Grand Prairie. During his Navy Reserve career he has served as an analyst, intelligence officer and intelligence training instructor with commands throughout California and Texas. His current command is stationed at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Capt. Cole served with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) mission of counterintelligence, human intelligence, force protection and counterterrorism assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Capt. Cole was awarded the Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) pin in October 2010. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Meritorious Service (2), Joint Service Commendation and Navy Commendation medals, as well as two Combat Action ribbons.

He and his wife, Rita, have two children, Mitchell (with his wife, Sarah) and Rachel. The Cole family make their home in Dallas.

Capt. Cole came to his “dream job” at The Guildhall in April 2014 after a long career as a self-employed forensic accountant, financial consultant and private investigator. He quickly found a home in the SMU community, including among its cadre of military veterans. (As of September 10, 2014, more than 130 U.S. veterans are enrolled in SMU degree programs using their Veterans Administration benefits.)

“My heart is at The Guildhall – it’s the best place in the world to work,” Capt. Cole says. He’s even taken several stacks of Guildhall stickers and business cards with him and never misses an opportunity to share them with fellow service members. “In fact, I just gave a bunch of them to some fellows who were in the cafeteria talking about World of Warcraft,” he says.

Lecturer in Production Mark Nausha has taken on Capt. Cole’s duties during his absence and will serve double duty as a Guildhall faculty member and administrator. “I’m very comfortable with him sitting at my desk while I’m gone,” Capt. Cole says. “I’ll miss the Guildhall immensely – the staff and faculty, and the great students we have – and I can’t wait to get back.”

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SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents ‘Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid’ Sept. 17, 2014

BwjF4ZXCEAAqvAlIn 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite significant pressure from American citizens to act strongly against the racist regime, Reagan’s administration insisted on a policy of “constructive engagement.”

During this American struggle over apartheid, the largest national upsurge of campus civil disobedience occurred since the 1960s. This explosion of activism in support of southern African liberation movements enabled Congress to override Reagan’s veto and impose sanctions with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.

As part of the Presidential Forum lecture series, the SMU Center for Presidential History presents “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid.” Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement,” the event will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests:

Rozell W. "Prexy" Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt is an educator and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism, and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

Piero Gleijeses is a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the leading scholars of the global Cold War and the struggle over apartheid.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium.

> Register for “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid” here

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