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Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announces schedule for 2011-12 season

Fareed ZakariaSMU’s 30th season of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series has been posted online and features prominent names such as Fareed Zakaria, Meg Whitman, Bill Moyers and (in something of an unofficial school tradition) a return appearance by moderator David Gergen.

One Fall 2010 speaker is yet to be announced. All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

The upcoming season features these speakers:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 – Senior statesman and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Newsweek International editor and CNN analyst Fareed Zakaria (pictured) will be joined by returning moderator David Gergen, former presidential advisor and CNN senior political commentator.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011Meg Whitman (pictured), former president and CEO of eBay and recent runner-up for the Governorship of California.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of PBS’ popular program NOVA Science Now, a program dedicated to examining our current role and position in active scientific frontiers and pursuits.
  • Meg Whitman

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012Dambisa Moyo, international economist and best-selling author of How the West Was Lost and Dead Aid, named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2009.
  • Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012Michael Pollan, best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and a major contributor to the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Food, Inc.”
  • Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 – President and CEO of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, chair of Teach for America and a noted biographer.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Pulitzer-winning columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer and former Johnson Administration press secretary and journalist Bill Moyers.

For more information, visit the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

Sports: Awards, scholarships close out busy year

Kelly KraftHow To Draft Well, A Primer: It was announced on May 10, 2011 that two signees for the 2011 men’s soccer squad have both been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states. Representing Texas is Aaron Simmons, a 6′ 1″ senior midfield and defender from Mansfield High School, who recorded 16 goals and 10 assists this season. He has served as team captain for two seasons. Simmons comes in as the No. 38 recruit in the nation, and follows current SMU midfielder Zach Barnes as the Texas winner. Six-foot forward Will Smith won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state of Oklahoma, where he is leading the Timberwolves of Norman North High School to the Class 6A semifinals with a shocking 27 goals and 7 assists. Smith has also maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. in the classroom and was named the Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Traveling after college, indeed: The SMU men’s golf team has been selected for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf San Diego Regional, which will take place May 19-21 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. First-Team All C-USA senior Kelly Kraft (pictured) will return to California with the team, where they won the San Diego Intercollegiate tournament in March, besting 12 other teams. SMU is the tenth seed out of 13 teams for this tournament; other notable competitors include No. 2 Texas and No. 7 UNT.

Egenolf'SMU awards, postgrad edition: Last week, two SMU swimmers received a few more NCAA honors for both their academic and athletic victories. Diver Audra Egenolf and swimmer Sascha Van den Branden, both seniors, were awarded postgraduate scholarships for their future academic careers on May 4, 2011. Egenolf, a four-time All-American with honors in both three-meter and platform diving, will be pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Indiana. In April 2011, Egenolf (pictured) was one of three students to receive the Presidential Award of Excellence, and she was also selected as the Cox School of Business’s Outstanding Accounting Major for 2011. Van den Branden, a six-time All-American with distinction in the 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relays, will be returning to her home country of Belgium to study international business management. Van den Branden is also a four-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

Calendar Highlights: Apr. 19, 2011

MMU'A “duet” for peace: This week’s Stanton Sharp Lecture features Vanderbilt Professor of History Richard Blackett as he covers a more obscure fight for peace within America in “A ‘duet with John Bull’: African Americans and the Struggle to win British Support for the Union.” Blackett will discuss how African Americans during the Civil War used the momentum started from the emancipation of West Indies slaves in the late 1830s to further their cause to the British public and further the Union’s cause. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-2967 or visit the Sharp Lecture Series website.

Bringing the hospital to you: A Mobile Mammography Unit (pictured) will be open for business 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the East Campus Parking Lot Expressway Tower. For SMU employees covered by the Health and Wellness medical plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, SMU will cover all routine annual mammogram charges for women age 40 and above. The cost of the mammogram will not be billed to your $500 preventive care benefit. Please have your insurance information available when you call. BCBSTX will process the claim and SMU will pay it at 100%. To pre-register for an exam, call 214-645-2560. (If you participate in any non-SMU-related insurance plan, inquire about other pre-billing arrangements when you pre-register.) The parking lot at Expressway Tower is in the final stages of being repaved; arriving early to get one of the few available parking spots or using the Mustang Express to travel from the main campus to the Tower is recommended.

Cal Jillson'Messing with Texas: The policies of the independent-minded Lone Star State will be discussed at an event co-hosted by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and the SMU Faculty Club. In “Lone Star Tarnished: A Critique of Texas Public Policy,” 2011 Public Scholar Lecturer Cal Jillson (pictured) will cover the reality behind Texas’s picture-perfect model of limited government, economic growth and personal freedom. Jillson is currently at work on a book covering the subject, entitled Lone Star Tarnished, which will compare the overall Texas model of government to recent and historical state government styles. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the Faculty Club. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. All attendees should RSVP, as space is limited.

Meadows Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker April 13-17

Rehearsal photo from 'The Skriker'Meadows’ Division of Theatre returns to the stage April 13-17, 2011, with its newest production – The Skriker by Caryl Churchill.

Written in 1994, The Skriker combines magic and realism in a macabre blend as the horrors of modern-day infanticide are entwined with surrealistic fantasy. Churchill’s play concerns a pair of English housemates: Josie (Rachel Werline, B.F.A. ’11), recently institutionalized for murdering her infant child, and Lily (Gracyn Mix, B.F.A. ’12), who is pregnant with her own. Lily is being pursued by a malevolent fairy, the Skriker (Aleisha Force, B.F.A. ’13), a spirit who continues to haunt the not-fully-sane Josie and her terrified roommate.

Meadows Distinguished Professor of Directing Stan Wojewodski Jr. staged the production, and all technical and acting parts are filled by members of the SMU Division of Theatre. Performances take place at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16. There will be two 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

All performances will be held in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students ($13 for non-SMU adults). For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Weekend traffic is expected to be heavy due to the SMU Founders’ Day Weekend celebrations, but the Meadows Museum lot and Meadows U-lot will be available for theatre parking. Patrons must enter the U-lot from Hillcrest Avenue and not Bishop Boulevard, which will be closed.

This production of The Skriker will be performed without an intermission. A full cast and crew list can be found after the jump.

(Above, The Skriker cast in action during a rehearsal. Photograph by Linda Blase.)

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Calendar Highlights: April 12, 2011

Elizabeth TurnerClements Brown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies takes the Brown Bag reins with a guest lecture by University of North Texas Professor Elizabeth Turner (pictured) noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. She will discuss the history behind Texas’ Hall of Negro Life in “The Miraculous Fall Upwards.” The Hall, an exhibition created at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, was an important part in cultivating a black culture and history in North Texas and ultimately establishing an African-American presence within the Southwest as its own complete cultural force. The lecture is free – bring your lunch.

The celebration begins: Get ready for the party to begin this weekend, as SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration kicks off the University’s 5-year Centennial celebration. The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, with a public celebration at the Main Quad, a performance by the Mustang Band and a special fireworks show. The centennial flag will also be raised during this performance, and there will be refreshments for all attendees on the quad. The party is only the first part of a weekend-long celebration, which will include the annual Relay for Life (5:30 p.m.-5:30 am, starting Friday on the Boulevard) and the University Park egg hunt from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Goar Park. A complete list of the events is online at the SMU 100 website. For more information, call 214-768-1384. Happy birthday, SMU!

Sports: SMU’s wild season ends with semifinal loss to Santa Clara

Simone Du ToitEnd of the road: The men’s basketball team ended their wild season with an unfortunate, injury-affected loss to Santa Clara at the semifinals of the CIT on Friday, March 25. The Mustangs (20-15), who found a second life after a first-round defeat in the Conference USA Tournament by participating in the relatively unknown CollegeInsider.com Tournament, enjoyed a string of wins against Oral Roberts, Jacksonville and Northern Iowa before losing to the Broncos (23-14) with a final score of 72-55. Senior star Papa Dia suffered an injury resulting from a foul on him with 8:18 left to go in the first half, and did not return for the rest of the game. Robert Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum scored 14 and 13 points respectively, with Nyakundi posting his 3rd double-double of the season. The Mustangs finished their unpredictable season with 20 wins- the first 20-win season since 1999-2000.

Du Toit nabs another award: Junior shot put/discus athlete Simone Du Toit (pictured) nabbed SMU’s second consecutive C-USA Female Track & Field Athlete Of The Week award on Tuesday, March 29. Du Toit, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, picked up a pair of North Texas Spring Classic titles last weekend (March 25-27), recording a discus throw of 55.12 meters and a shot put toss of 16.61 meters. This is Du Toit’s fourth weekly honor of her career, and the first this season. She follows last week’s winner, junior Ayla Gill of Auckland, New Zealand, who recorded a winning toss of 61.70 meters in the hammer throw at the TCU Invitational.

Marta LesniakWeekly Marta Lesniak Dominance Segment: As is becoming usual in the SMU Sports community, junior tennis player Marta Lesniak (pictured) received yet another award this week with a performance strong enough to earn her the C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week award. Lesniak (No.9 national rank) went 4-0 against nationally-ranked squads from No. 9 Baylor and No. 66 UC Santa Barbara, winning a pair in both singles and doubles competition. Her singles victories were against No.11 Sona Novakova of Baylor (6-4, 4-6, (14-12)) and Natalia Lozano of UCSB (6-2, 6-2). Lesniak also teamed up with junior Aleksandra Malyarchikova for the doubles victories, defeating Baylor with a 9-7 mark and posting an 8-3 mark against UCSB. This is Lesniak’s third award this season and the eighth of her career.

Football still lives: The Mustang football team will kick off a grueling spring training camp on Monday, April 4 to prepare for the upcoming Fall 2011 campaign. Head Coach June Jones is expected to hold 15 practice sessions over 27 days, nearly all of which will be at 7 a.m. Practices will generally be closed to the public, but the final practice of the season is open for anyone to attend and is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

SMU’s 2011 Literary Festival arrives March 24-26

pipkinDeGolyer Library‘s newest iteration of the SMU Literary Festival is headed back to campus this week. The three-day event, running Thursday, March 24-Saturday, March 26, will feature eight different authors and poets offering readings and discussions to the campus in DeGolyer’s reading rooms.

The opening events on Thursday, March 24 begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, with fiction writer Rosalyn Story and poet Matt Hart as the featured scribes for the night. A 30-minute reception will precede the evening’s activities.

Two series of writers will be featured on Friday, March 25, also taking place in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Fiction writers John Pipkin (pictured) and Cynthia Phoel will share readings at 3 p.m., and they will be followed by writer Benjamin Percy and poet Rick Barot at 7 p.m. Another half-hour reception will precede the 7 p.m. events.

A noon luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 26, which will include a discussion with the selected authors and poets. In addition, the winners of this year’s undergraduate writing competition will be announced and honored. The luncheon takes place in Heroy Hall, Room 153. This is the only part of the Lit Fest for which an RSVP is required – send yours by calling 214-768-2945 or e-mailing the SMU Lit Fest at Gmail.

devansAfter the luncheon, the Lit Fest’s closing act includes writer Danielle Evans (pictured) and poet C. Dale Young, both of whom will give readings of their work in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room at 2 p.m.

“The SMU Lit Fest has been a great, long running tradition here on campus,” says senior Matthew Anderson, a creative writing major who plans on attending the events. “It doesn’t get as much coverage as it should. The varieties and styles of the writers they bring in make for a great experience, especially if you’re into writing as an art or a craft, or just for fun.”

For more information, visit the DeGolyer Library website or check out this handy WordPress site dedicated to the Lit Fest. (It includes a quick overview of the featured writer’s works, and clicking on their names in this article will lead to their own websites, where bios and samples of their work can be found.)

Sports: Dia wins DPOY award, leads Mustangs to C-USA tourney

Papa DiaDia’s big day: SMU senior forward Papa Dia (pictured right) received the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award on Tuesday, March 8, for his stellar contributions throughout the 2010-11 season. Dia played a key role in earning SMU its highest wins total since 2002-03 (17), its highest C-USA wins total (8) and a No. 7 seed in the C-USA tournament. Dia was also named to the C-USA All-Defensive Team, and is considered a finalist for the C-USA Player of the Year award. This is the second time a Mustang has won the DPOY award – the other was Jon Koncak in 1984-85, when SMU was playing in the Southwest Conference.

All or nothing: The No. 7 men’s basketball team will play No. 10 Rice in the first round of the C-USA tournament at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. The Mustangs (17-13, 8-8 C-USA) are the favorites to defeat the sub-.500 Owls (13-17, 5-11 C-USA) for a shot at No. 2 Tulsa the following day. (The rapid-paced tournament will take place from the 9th to the 12th, so here’s a handy C-USA bracket to keep track of the Mustangs during the week.) If the Mustangs win the tournament, they will receive an automatic bid (and their most likely shot) in the NCAA March Madness bracket, so stay tuned over this weekend.

Robert LambethWomen’s team seeks return to glory: Two years removed from the 2008 C-USA Tournament victory, the women’s basketball team is also headed to El Paso to play host college UTEP in the first round of this year’s tournament. The Mustangs swept the series with the Miners this year, winning both games. The game will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in the Memorial Gym, so it’ll ultimately be up to Mustang fans to decide which SMU team to support for the first round. The Lady ‘Stangs are 5-3 in the past four years of the tournament.

Men’s tennis embraces the streak: Southern Miss received a surprise on Tuesday, March 9 as the men’s tennis squad obliterated their rival 7-0 to mark a three-game winning streak. With their victory at Turpin Tennis Center, the Mustangs are now 6-5 on the season. Among the highlights was an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory by sophomore Robert Lambeth (pictured left) over opponent Michael Sims, the only shutout of the day’s events. On Thursday, March 10, SMU will host Abilene Christian and Xavier at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m, respectively. Both games will be played at the Turpin Tennis Center.

Calendar Highlights: Mar. 7, 2011

Dr. RankinMost important Wednesday of the year: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life will lead the 2011 Ash Wednesday service at noon Wednesday, March 9 in Perkins Chapel. All are welcome to attend.

Rescheduled lecture: As posted in Calendar Highlights before the epic February snowstorms, Dr. Stephen Rankin (pictured) will present a Willson Lecture titled “Seeking a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher Education.” The rescheduled lecture will take place at noon Thursday, March 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. The lecture is free for all to attend; lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit the a Office of the Chaplain’s website.

A concert for the road: Meadow Symphony Orchestra is putting together one more concert this week before Spring Break begins. At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Meyerson Symphony Center, the MSO will present Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, also known as “The Prague.” Also included will be Austrian composer Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 in its entirety. Tickets are available through both the Meadows box office and the Meyerson itself. Prices are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, call the Meadows box office at 214-768-ARTS (214-SMU-ARTS).

Sun MaskCreate treasure from trash, receive new bike: SMU’s 2011 Art of Recycling Contest is officially open to all participants. For one week, people with a mind towards unusual art can create made up of items that would otherwise end up in the trash can as a reminder of what can be recycled in this world but often isn’t. Among the rules: 75% of the artwork must consist of reused items that would otherwise be regarded as trash; the artwork should not exceed 4 feet by 4 feet; and each entry should include a list of the reused materials and its theme (if applicable), title and artist contact information. The submission deadline is Friday, March 11. All entries and related information should be brought to the first floor of the Laura Lee Blanton Building. Winners will be notified by March 21, and their artwork will be on display at the RFoC cafeteria at Umphrey Lee. The SMU Sustainability Committee, who is sponsoring the event, will donate one Dahon Folding Bike (valued at $500) to the winner of the contest. For more details about the Art of Recycling Contest, contact Kelly Milazzo, 214-768-0495. (Pictured right: “Big Sun Mask” by Diane Kurzyna, an entry from last year’s contest.)

There will be no Calendar Highlights for the upcoming Spring Break week. Have a safe and fun holiday, wherever you may end up!

New Visions, New Voices: 2011’s new look at Meadows playwrights

playwrightsMeadows Theatre’s New Visions, New Voices spring playwriting festival has undergone a major retooling this year – the Spring 2011 lineup will feature seven plays written by theatre students, as opposed to the usual three.

This year’s features are all written by seniors majoring in playwriting. The plays, which will be performed as staged readings (and directed by a variety of theatre professional ranging from Meadows professors to members of the Kitchen Dog Theater) are as follows:

  • Lilimarlene, written by Meredith Alloway ’11
  • The Rough Beast, written by Joel Heinrich ’11
  • Meltdown, written by Nathaniel French ’11
  • The Happy Place, written by Audrey Gab ’11
  • Tissu, written by Micah Figueroa ’11
  • Ready To Start, written by Jessica Andrewartha ’11
  • How To Be Black, written by Nicholas Cains ’11

The plays will be shown through Friday, March 11, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. There will be no performances on Monday, March 7. All performances will take place in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Ticket prices are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

A complete list of plays, casts and performances can be found after the jump.

(Clockwise from top center: playwriting majors Audrey Gab, Nathaniel French, Meredith Alloway, Nicholas Cains, Jessica Andrewartha, Joel Heinrich and Micah Figueroa.)

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