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Calendar Highlights: March 1, 2011

Robert Richardson Jr.Cars fighting cancer: SMU alumnus and NASCAR driver Robert Richardson Jr. (pictured) will make an appearance at the kickoff for one of the biggest student-driven programs on the Hilltop. At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Main Quad flagpole, the 2004 graduate and current driver of the No. 37 North Texas Pipe Ford car will join the community to open the 2011 Relay For Life drive, which supports cancer prevention research and funding. Richardson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with a minor in photography from SMU, but a brief stint at the Texas Motor Speedway‘s driving school convinced his instructor that he was racing material. For the past two years, he has qualified for “The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500. The 12-hour walkathon that caps the Relay For Life campaign will take place on the Boulevard 7 p.m.-7 a.m. April 15-16, where it will be part of SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration weekend.

Famed journalist to visit SMU: Former Dallas Morning News editorial writer, Pulitzer finalist and Communications Director for the National Science & Math Initiative Rena Pederson will visit campus for an Embrey Human Rights Program lecture this week. Pederson, who also wrote The Burma Chronicles on the life of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, will deliver the lecture at McCord Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For more information, visit smu.edu/humanrights or call 214-768-3284.

Brown Bag Dance returns: The Meadows School of the Arts‘ ever-popular Brown Bag Dance Series returns for the spring semester this week, as Division of Dance students explore multiple varieties of original jazz, ballet and modern works at lunchtime. The performances are at 12 noon every day this week (Feb 28-Mar 4) in the Bob Hope Theater Lobby of the Meadows building. Performances are free – bring your lunch. (Picture by Sarah Acosta/The Daily Mustang)

Brown Bag Dance SeriesFilm as politics: University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Hurf will visit SMU this week for a presentation on an oft-overlooked piece of World War II history. His lecture, “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World,” is a study of how Adolf Hitler’s propaganda team created an indoctrination plan previously unknown to the Allied Forces. An entirely new and separate campaign was spread throughout the Middle East, exploiting multiple cultural rifts between Judaism and Islam to further Arab hatred against the Jewish people – some elements of which still exist today. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4 in Lawyer’s Inn, first floor, Carr Collins Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but e-mail RSVPs are required. Send your response here.

Sports: Papa Dia leads SMU Basketball to higher levels

SMU captain Adam StillDia’s game rewards Mustangs: Despite an unfortunate streak-snapping 67-57 loss to rival UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 12, the fact remains the same: This year’s surprising men’s basketball team is in a deadlock battle for the C-USA title. Currently, the Mustangs are tied for fifth in the league (16-9, 7-4 C-USA) with Tulsa (7-4), just one game behind first-place Memphis (8-3). C-USA Player of the Year candidate Papa Dia (fifth in C-USA scoring, third in rebounds, second in blocks) has already won three Player of the Week awards (Nov. 15-21, Jan. 10-16, Jan. 17-23) is a strong component to the team’s recent success. Dia, Head Coach Matt Doherty and the Mustangs face the Golden Hurricane in a crucial league tie-breaker at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in Moody Coliseum. Tune in to KAAM 770 AM or visit SMUMustangs.com to keep up with the team.

Still’s the guy: Junior Adam Still (pictured right) was named the captain of the No. 8-ranked men’s soccer team for the 2011 season on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The defender helped lead the Mustangs to a 16-2-2 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010. Still was also named to the CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America Third Team this past season. Still is a two-time Academic All-America District VI Team award recipient and has been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. SMU will open the upcoming spring season against MLS championship finalist FC Dallas on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park.

Mary AlenbrattGrades and speed: Sophomore Mary Alenbratt (pictured left) and the cross country team received more high honors to add to a stellar season as they received All-Academic Honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, Feb. 16. To qualify for All-Academic honors, a team must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. SMU easily qualified with a cumulative 3.34 GPA. Alenbratt and the SMU track & field team will be back in action at the C-USA Indoor Championships on Feb. 25-26, hosted by the University of Houston.

Football never dies: SMU announced its 2011-12 C-USA football schedule on Thursday, Feb. 10. Important dates include a Sept. 3 season opener at former Southwest Conference rival Texas A&M, and a home opener with rival UTEP on Sept. 10. SMU will have 4 of 5 games away during a tough stretch in October (away opponents include Memphis, TCU, Southern Miss, and Tulsa, but will be back at home (in cooler Boulevarding temperatures) for 3 of 4 games at home in November (Tulane, Navy, and Rice.) The C-USA Championship game this year is set for Dec. 3. Kickoff times and potential date changes will be set later in the year. The full schedule can be found here.

Spring 2011 Career & Internship Fair: What students should know

Lockheed Martin representatives talk with SMU students at a past Career FairIt’s that time of the semester again- despite the early term’s inclement weather (and the cancellation of C & I Prep Day), the Career & Internship Fair returns to SMU Feb. 16, 2011. Here’s what your students should know before trying their luck with some of the top employers in the nation:

The Fair will, as always, be in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. This semester’s installment takes place from noon to 4 p.m. The Fair is open to all majors within SMU, and no RSVP is required.

As the cancelled Prep Day’s events would have already stated, students should bring their IDs and multiple copies of their résumés, and professional attire is strongly recommended.

More than 80 employers will have representatives at the Career & Internship Fair. Included in the ever-updating companies list are household names such as:

  • AT&T
  • Citi
  • Frito Lay
  • Lockheed Martin (pictured right)
  • Neiman Marcus
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Southwest Airlines

Lunch will be served from 11 to noon. For more information, visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center’s website or Facebook page.

The list of attending employers is subject to be updated in the days leading up to the Fair. To contact the Hegi Center, call 214-768-2266.

Student Conductors’ Concert takes place Jan. 28, 30

meadows-symphony-orchestra.jpgThe Mustang community will receive a rare treat from Meadows for the weekend of Jan. 28-30, as student conductors are now in the final phases of preparation for their biggest event of the year.

The Student Conductors’ Concert, set for performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, will feature two students currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Orchestral Conducting, and will also feature winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

Michelle Merrill, the first student conductor, began her Master’s degree in the Fall 2010 semester after earning her bachelor’s degree in music at SMU in the 2009-10 school year. In July 2010, Michelle participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic where she conducted the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle currently studies under music director Paul Phillips.

The second student conductor, Douglas Stone, received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas in Spring 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Douglas also performed with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Arlington. Douglas is also in his first year of study for his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and currently serves as assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. He is also studying under Phillips.

Featured student soloists include freshman violin performance major Abigail Potts and senior vocal studies major Katrina Galka. Abigail studies under Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Katrina, who will be seen again this spring as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, studies under Barbara Hill-Moore.

Both performances will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $13 per ticket for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 214-768-2516 or e-mail meadowstickets@smu.edu.

A complete listing of the evening’s program can be found after the jump.

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Calendar Highlights: Jan. 25, 2011

T.D. JakesTate returns: 2011’s first Tate Distinguished Lecture features “America’s Best Preacher,” Bishop T.D. Jakes (pictured right), who isn’t shy about his feelings on the growing polarization in today’s politics. Jakes’ topic for the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 25 is “Seeking Common Good in the Midst of Growing Diversity,” in which the leader of the Dallas-based Potter’s House megachurch (30,000+ members) will tackle the increasing heat in American politics. The lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Students who want to attend are advised to meet in the McFarlin basement at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for the lecture and can be purchased by calling the Tate office at 214-768-8283.

Never forget: The Office of the Chaplain and the Embrey Human Rights Program will jointly host a memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust to commemorate the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The service will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Atriums C-D, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, visit the Embrey Human Rights Program website at smu.edu/humanrights.

Football eternal: As the Packers and Steelers prepare to end the NFL season with a trip to Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV, Meadows Museum hosts a concurrent exhibit for football lovers to get their fix as the offseason approaches. Acclaimed photographer Laura Wilson‘s 11-year study of a popular regional variation of America’s sport will be highlighted in “Grit and Glory: Six-Man Football,” a portfolio of Texas’ minimalistic approach to the game covered from 1991 to 2002. Wilson’s unassuming, close-up technique for this collection parallels the intensity of the small sport and traces its historical significance within the state. The exhibit will open Sunday, Jan. 30th and will run through April 23. Admission is free and open to the public, and the exhibit will be available during normal Meadows Museum hours. For more information, call 214-768-2516.

Leading the way: The Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin, University chaplain since 2009, will speak on “Seeking a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher Education” in the next installment of the Willson Lecture Series Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m.; the lecture follows at noon. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, 214-768-4502

25 years later, Dale Hansen to return to SMU

UPDATE, Jan. 24, 2011: The Dale Hansen luncheon has been moved to the Dining Room in the Collins Executive Education Center.

Dale HansenSMU Faculty Club members are set to kick off the calendar year with an interesting choice for January’s Distinguished Luncheon Series installment: Dale Hansen, the man believed widely responsible for uncovering operations that brought about the infamous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) for SMU in 1986. The lecture takes place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Faculty Club on Daniel Avenue.

Hansen, who still holds the position of Sports Director at WFAA-TV (as he did in 1986) will give a lecture on the very topic that garnered him a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, and multiple death threats in “The SMU Death Penalty and Ongoing Resurrection.” Hansen’s reporting on the burgeoning scandal revealed that SMU had been paying players since the mid-1970s to keep up with larger-size opponents in the former Southwest Conference.

SMU, already served probation notices five times from 1974 to 1985, became the first (and to date only) college football program of any division to receive the NCAA’s “death penalty”: cancellation of the entire 1987 season, followed by an additional 1988 cancellation at the school’s request. The rest is history: one winning season in 1997 and national obscurity until the hiring of Head Coach June Jones in 2008. By the following season, SMU had earned its first bowl appearance since 1984, a 45-10 victory over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

Price per ticket is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. RSVP by Jan. 21 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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It’s home-field advantage for SMU at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

AFBowlIn what seemed like mere moments after a hard-fought 17-7 loss to UCF for the Conference USA Championship, SMU announced on Saturday, Dec. 4 that it had accepted an invitation to play the Army Black Knights at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. And this year, the Mustangs will play the game on home turf.

The Armed Forces Bowl, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, will mark SMU’s second consecutive bowl appearance. It features a battle between “turnaround” teams, as Head Coach June Jones guides the Mustangs in a matchup against Army coach Rich Ellerson, who brought the 6-5 Black Knights back to postseason play after they only won more than three games five times in the past 14 seasons.

Traditionally played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl will be played at SMU due to renovations at the Fort Worth venue.

> Read more about the move to Ford Stadium

According to the SMUMustangs.com press release, the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was “officially declared a sellout” last week with only standing-room tickets still available. ESPN will broadcast the Armed Forces Bowl nationwide.

The SMU Ticket Office is now taking orders for bowl tickets, which will be allocated based on SMU’s Priority Points system. The deadline for ordering with priority seating will be 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. After this deadline, tickets will be allocated and orders will be fulfilled. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets ordered through the SMU Ticket Office will be located in Mustang fan sections, which are designated by the bowl. For more information or to place an order, call 214-SMU-GAME (768-4263).

> Keep up with the latest information at Bowl Game Central
> Learn more about the game from armedforcesbowl.com

Sports: Men’s soccer team falls in NCAA quarterfinals; remembering Don Meredith

Arthur IvoGone so soon? After an amazing 16-2-2 season and a final NSCAA National Ranking of No. 7, the Mustang men’s soccer team suffered a short postseason as they lost to UNC in the NCAA quarterfinals on penalty kicks after tying the Tar Heels 1-1 in regulation on Saturday, Dec. 3. Junior midfielder Arthur Ivo (pictured) broke the ice early in the game as he scored within the fifth minute. Goalkeeper Craig Hill made three impeccable saves in regulation but was ultimately unable to prevent four converted penalty kicks in the shootout.

SMU downs Grambling State: After a slow start to the season, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Doherty has to be feeling pretty good about his Mustangs, who have won four out of their last five and are now back above .500 at 5-4 this season. SMU added to their win record with a sharp 71-51 victory over Grambling State on Saturday, Dec. 4. Junior forward Robert Nyakundi scored 22 points and senior forward Papa Dia added 20 in the victory. SMU was 14 of 22 from the field (63.6%) and took a 40-23 lead into halftime. The Mustangs get a break for studying, with their next game (at McMurry in Abilene) taking place on Dec. 18.

Don MeredithRemembering a great: Legendary football quarterback, television broadcaster and noted SMU alum Don Meredith (pictured) died of a brain hemorrhage on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 72. Born April 10, 1938, in Mount Vernon, Texas, Meredith was a two-time All-America selection (1958 and 1959) on the Hilltop, setting a Southwest Conference record with 69.6 completion percentage in 1957. The Chicago Bears then selected Meredith in the third round of the 1960 NFL Draft, but traded him to a young Dallas Cowboys franchise for future draft picks. “Dandy Don” was stellar through his nine-year career with the Cowboys, leading the team to three straight division championships and two NFL Championship games following the 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was inducted into the Cowboys “Ring of Honor” in 1976, and his name can still be found in the renovated Ring at the new Cowboys Stadium. Meredith had a wildly successful second career with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell as an analyst on ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” He retired in 1984 after broadcasting Super Bowl XIX. Meredith also received the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s 2007 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Funeral arrangements are pending.

2010 Christmas Worship Service offers a fresh approach to an SMU tradition

Stock photo of a Christmas wreathC. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, is planning a change-up for this year’s Christmas Worship Service. The annual service takes place at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in the University’s Perkins Chapel.

The popular service, usually celebrated in the tradition of A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols since 1992, has been modified this year for what Hawn considers a “fresh approach” to an annual SMU tradition.

“This year’s services offer a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world,” Hawn says. He notes that three of the four canticles from the book of Luke mention peace.

“Drawing especially from the Canticles of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and of the Angels (Luke 2:14),” Hawn adds, “the choral and congregational song will view the Advent season through various perspectives on peace.”

As for the changes, Hawn noted that the Nine Lessons program had become “predictable” and that it was time for something new.

“It’s going to have more of a theological theme this year rather than the ‘Nine Lessons’ structure, which has done well for us since 1992 but seems a little outdated now. It will still have the same feel this year, but I don’t think it will be as predictable this time.”

Musicians for the service include the Seminary Singers, directed by Hawn, and the Meadows Chorale, directed by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Christopher S. Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as the organist for these services.

Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets will join the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

The worship services are free and open to the public, with free parking available on Bishop Boulevard.

For more information, visit the Perkins website or contact Michael Hawn, 214-768-2348.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 30, 2010

James StiglitzWelcome back for the last weeks of the Fall 2010 semester. There’s not much left going on as students and faculty buckle down for the final stretch, but here’s proof that there are still some events happening around campus:

One more Tate for the road: The Fall Tate Lecture Series ends on a poignant note as Columbia University professor and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz (right) goes right for the heart of one of the bigger American stories this year in the “Aftermath of the Financial Crisis.” Stiglitz is also president of the International Economic Association and the Chair of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. The lecture is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium. The McFarlin box office opens at 7 p.m. For more information, visit smu.edu/tateseries or call 214-768-8283.

James IvoryHollywood comes to SMU: The Division of Cinema-Television welcomes noted film director James Ivory to the Dallas area. Ivory (left) – famous for such films as A Room With a View, Howard’s End and The Remains of the Day – will answer questions following a screening of his 1983 work Heat and Dust, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Two 1996 works, Surviving Picasso and The Proprietor (the latter of which was directed by frequent Ivory collaborator Ismail Merchant), will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The weekend program ends with another doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 4, including The Remains of the Day and another Merchant film, In Custody, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. All showings will be held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood Street in downtown Dallas. Admission is free. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. For info and reservations, call 214-922-1818 or visit www.tickets.dallasmuseumofart.org.

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