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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.


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

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