Darwin Payne, professor emeritus of communications in Meadows School of the Arts, has written Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas, published by SMU Press in May 2009. The book tells the story of prominent African American attorney Louis A. Bedford – the first black man to become a judge in Dallas – and the black legal community and middle class in Dallas and Texas during the mid-20th century.
The Office of Public Affairs received three awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV 2009 competition. SMU Magazine received an Award of Excellence (Silver) in the Visual Design-Illustration category for the feature section “Going Global” that appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue. Integrated Marketing received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the Visual Design-Logo Design category for the “SMU Unbridled” logo. SMU Forum received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the World Wide Web Site category. The honors were presented at the 2009 CASE District IV conference, which took place April 4-8 in Oklahoma City.