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Meadows Theatre presents three spring plays in ‘The Rep’ April 22-May 4, 2014

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Sasha Davis (B.F.A. ’16) and Susana Batres (M.F.A. ’14) in Marisol by José Rivera – one of three plays to be performed in repertory rotation by SMU Meadows Theatre in April and May 2014.

In a nod to repertory theatre, SMU Meadows Theatre will present three contemporary American plays – produced, directed and acted by students – on a two-week rotation from Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, May 4, 2014.

The program, collectively called The Rep, will include the following individual productions. All will be performed in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center, and tickets are $5 for students and $7 for SMU faculty and staff. Visit the link at each play’s name to buy tickets online through Vendini:

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• The first production follows four friends in their late 30s as they experience love, loss, remorse and doubt. The confusion of the characters is executed with “wit and melancholy comedy” to create a play that explores middle age.

Middletown, Will Eno

• Play number two was inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The inhabitants of Middletown are extremely candid with their deepest fears and secrets. The thought-provoking script examines the anxieties we face through vignettes exploring the beauty and horror of life.

Marisol, José Rivera

• The final play follows Marisol, living in New York City, and how a subway attack changes the course of her life. The work explores a parallel universe where social injustices are brought to light through a world revolution.

The schedule of performances:

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Find complete cast and crew lists under the link.

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SMU Relay for Life 2014 exceeds fund-raising goal

SMU held its 11th annual Relay For Life Saturday, April 5 from noon-midnight. The theme of this year’s event, “Fight Back on the Boulevard,” played off the University’s renowned Boulevard parties before football games. The SMU RFL board wanted the event “to reflect the culture and community of SMU,” said Event Chair Liz Blumberg.

SMU RFL kicked off at noon with a speech from SMU Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios. Despite the overcast weather, students and community members came out to the Boulevard for food, bounce houses and laps – all in the name of fundraising.

The event raised more than $152,000 for the American Cancer Society, well exceeding the goal of $145,000 set by the RFL board. Two standouts in the fundraising efforts were the SMU Kappa Alpha Theta team and SMU student Katie Schaible.

The Thetas were the #2 team for fundraising this year, collecting more than $20,000 as a team. In addition, Theta team member Paulena Johnson made the individual fundraiser leader board during the Collegiate Relay prior to the event. A senior in the SMU Theta pledge class was diagnosed with cancer during the Fall 2013 term. The entire chapter came together to support her, raise funds and bring awareness to the fight.

Katie Schaible also made the individual fundraiser leader board for the Collegiate Relay, helping to secure SMU’s top spot out of 25 college relays in the country. Schaible did more than raise over $30,000: She served as the Teams Director on the SMU RFL board for the second year in a row. “Without the learning curve that comes with stepping into a new position, I was able to improve the recruitment and development process,” she said.

Schaible truly embodies the spirit of Relay. She lost her father to melanoma cancer when she was 14 years old and, following her sister’s example at Texas A&M, she joined Relay when she came to SMU.

“Relay has served as grief counseling for me – I am overcoming my sadness and anger about cancer by fighting back against it,” she said. During her freshman year, Schaible raised around $26,000, her sophomore year $22,000 and this year $32,000. She hopes by the time she graduates that she will have raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life hosted another successful event that brought the whole community together. With more than 1,200 participants and 56 teams registered, this is an event that puts classifications aside and brings the community together to fight back.

Photo 1: C/O SMU RFL Instagram & Photo 2: C/O SMU Theta Instagram

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Calendar Highlights: April 9, 2014

2014 Meadows at Meyerson conductor Paul Phillips (c/o SMU Meadows)

2014 Meadows at Meyerson conductor Paul Phillips (c/o SMU Meadows)

“Meadows at the Meyerson” gala: SMU Meadows presents their 21st annual benefit concert Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert will feature the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and honor noted arts and civic leader Bess Enloe. The evening includes three Italian-themed works: The Italian Girl in Algiers by Giochino Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Church Windows (1926) by Ottorino Respighi. Tickets are $15 for faculty, staff and students with proceeds providing scholarships for the Meadows Scholars program. Please call 214-768-2787 for tickets.

Founders’ Day Weekend: SMU will celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend 2014 April 10-13. The celebration is in conjunction of the University’s centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty, and events have been planned accordingly.

  • Thursday, April 10: Founders’ Day Weekend kicks off with the Golden Mustangs Reunion at 10:30 a.m. Classes 1963 and earlier are invited to attend. There is also a Hunt Leadership Scholars 20-year Reunion hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Friday, April 11: Friday’s events revolve around SMU’s campus and outstanding leaders. Highlights include a TEDxSMU event at 1 p.m., SMU President’s Briefing and Centennial Faculty Salute at 6 p.m. and Program Council’s Sing Song at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: Saturday’s focus is on SMU and the Dallas community. There are open house events at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Meadows Museum. SMU will also celebrate Earth Day with Barefoot on the Boulevard.

World Music Ensemble: The Meadows World Music Ensemble is having their spring concert on Sunday, April 13 at 8 p.m. The ensemble produces music with exotic instruments and traditional orchestra to create a unique sound. The concert is in the Greer Garson Theatre of Owen Arts Center and is free of charge.

A.J. Jacobs, the man on a quest, to deliver April 1 SMU Tate Distinguished Lecutre

Journalist, author and “human guinea pig” A.J. Jacobs will be at SMU Tuesday, April 1 to deliver the Oncor Lecture of the 2013-14 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

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Jacobs practices immersion journalism, which has led to four books, two times on the New York Times bestseller list and one film optioning. His first title, My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself focuses on various rules and skills for life. His second, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, comedically details how Jacobs spent one year reading the Encyclopædia Britannica from A to Z. The book spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 11 languages.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible also made the New York Times bestseller list and has been optioned by Paramount Pictures. The book describes following all biblical rules, and both the humor and the comfort of rituals he found in the process. His most recent book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, was written entirely on the treadmill and goes over the latest diet and workout plans.

Follow A.J. Jacobs on Twitter @ajjacobs

When Jacobs isn’t on his next humble quest, he spends his time at his day job as editor-at-large of Esquire magazine. He practices the same immersion techniques for the magazine, and his piece “My Outsourced Life” was optioned by Universal Studios. For the article Jacobs hired a team of assistants in Bangalore, India to do everything for him, from office work to at-home duties.

He is already planning his next book about a global family reunion and is giving everyone the opportunity to be a part of it. Jacobs received his degree from Brown University and currently lives in New York with his wife and three children.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available; meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Jacobs will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.

To ask Jacobs a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @ajjacobs and the hashtag #SMUtate.

 

Sports: Postseason Mustang basketball

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

The regular season for men and women’s basketball has ended, but Moody Magic has not. Both the men and women have home postseason games this week, the men on Wednesday, March 19 and women on Thursday, March 20.

Men’s Basketball: SMU was chosen as the #1 seed for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. Their first game on Wednesday is against #8 seed UC Irvine at 8 p.m. UC Irvine won the Big West regular season title, and SMU finished third in the American Athletic Conference. Wednesday’s game will be the first in history between the two teams.

SMU finished the season with a 23-9 record and numerous honors. For the first time in program history, SMU is ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Sophomore Nic Moore was named to the first team of the American Athletic Conference, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 First Team.

Sophomore Markus Kennedy was also recognized; he was named a second-team honoree for the American Athletic Conference and to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 Second Team.

Finally, Head Coach Larry Brown was named the District VII Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will play either San Francisco or LSU in the second round. The final game of the NIT is scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

Women’s Basketball: For the first time in program history SMU will host the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Their first game is Thursday, March 20 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. This will be the team’s sixth appearance in the WNIT after finishing the season with a 17-3 record.

The women finished fifth in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference with several players honored. Senior Keena Mays was named to the first team of the AAC, Senior Akil Simpson was named to the second team of the AAC and Kiara Parry was named to the All-Freshman team of the AAC.

The winner of Thursday’s game will play either Minnesota or Green Bay in the second round. The final game is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Tickets: Tickets for either game can be purchased at smumustangs.com/tickets or by calling 214-768-4263.

Chess champion, activist and author Garry Kasparov delivers SMU’s March 4 Tate Distinguished Lecture

Garry KasparovChess grandmaster, author and human rights activist Garry Kasparov visits the Hilltop Tuesday, March 4 for SMU’s 2013-14 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

In 1985 at the age of 22, Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion in history. He played IBM’s Deep Blue computer twice in 1996 and 1997 and won the Linares super tournament nine times in 16 years. Kasparov made history when he won 10 major tournament victories in a row in 2002. That same year, he launched the Kasparov Chess Foundation to introduce chess into the education system, which operates in all 50 states and several countries.

Follow Garry Kasparov on Twitter @Kasparov63

Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005 after a record 20 years as the world’s top-ranked player. Following his retirement, he became active in the Russian pro-democracy movement and is the founder and chairman of the United Civil Front, a social movement that is a part of The Other Russia, an opposition coalition in Moscow.

As an author, Kasparov has published more than 20 books, including My Great Predecessorswhich follows the history of the 12 world champions who preceded him, How Life Imitates Chess and, most recently, The Blueprint: Reviving Innovation, Rediscovering Risk, and Rescuing the Free Market.

SMU students may attend the evening lecture for free with their University ID if seats become available. Kasparov will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Kasparov a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUTate. Student moderator Lauren Lyngstad will ask some of these questions during the event.

Learn more about this year’s Tate Lectures at smu.edu/tateseries

Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

AAC Indoors: SMU women’s track and field will compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014. The championship meet is in New York City at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Armory. SMU currently has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. Fans can follow along with the championship event here.

Moody Magic: SMU men’s basketball returns home to play UCF Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win on the road against UConn, 64-55 and currently have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. Saturday marks the first home game as a ranked team since Mar. 9, 1985; the men are back at 23 on the AP Rankings. The UCF game is sold out but will air on ESPNews.

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Season ending: Saturday, Mar. 1 marks the final regular-season game for SMU women’s basketball. The Mustangs will take on USF on the road at 6 p.m. The women played USF at home in January and were defeated 76-62. If SMU wins Saturday’s game, they will take the No. 5 seed for the AAC tournament.

Golf goes international: The SMU men’s golf team will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico Mar. 2-5, 2014 to hosting the three-day Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate tournament for 14 teams. It is the 4th annual tournament and the Mustangs’ second time attending. All seven Mustangs will be there, including sophomore Bryson Dechambeau, who was recently named to the 2014 watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men’s college golf.

Additional Highlights: 

  • Men’s Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown has been named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
  • The 2013 AAC All-Academic Team for football was just released. Out of the 246-member list, 20 of the players were Mustangs.
  • Nine women were placed on the 2014 Swimming and Diving All Conference Team.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 19, 2014

Myra Greene at Meadows: Artist and professor Myra Greene visits SMU Wednesday, Feb. 19 to speak on “issues of difference, beauty, physical and emotional recollections as they play out on the surface of the skin” for the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Greene is an associate professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, and her work is part of numerous permanent collections at museums across the country. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.

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The deadly cost of news: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program screens Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, exploring the danger journalists go through to get a story. (Murder is the number one cause of journalist deaths worldwide.) Following the screening is a discussion with the filmmaker, Eric Matthies, and SMU Adjunct Assistant Professor Kael Alford, whose work in Iraq is featured in the film. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Why are they NOT Impressionists: Dallas Morning News art critic Rick Brettell visits SMU for a lecture on artistic styles Thursday, Feb. 20 in SMU’s Meadows Museum. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at UT-Dallas, will focus on “the masters of the loaded brush” – Sorolla, Zorn, Boldini and Sargent – and compare their work to that of Impressionists, pointing out similarities and stressing their differences. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium.

SYZYGY: Diva Dolce joins SYZYGY for a performance Friday, Feb. 21. The musical groups will perform Nico Muhly’s How Soon?, based on a poem by George Herbert, and other works of 20th and 21st century music for winds, strings and percussion. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

The Vagina Monologues: SMU’s Women’s Interest Network presents its annual staging of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 21-22. The show is based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women and helps raise awareness and stop violence against woman locally and globally. Tickets are $5 for SMU faculty, staff and students and $10 for the public; they can be purchased at the door or by calling 214-768-4412. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 12, 2014

Stanton Sharp Lecture: Mark Hunter, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, will give the 2014 Stanton Sharp Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 12. Hunter will speak on the AIDS epidemic in South Africa and how that has transformed gender intimacy over time. Hunter released a book on his research, Love in the Time of AIDS, which received the 2010 C. Wright Mills Award and 2010 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology. The night begins with a reception at 6 and lecture at 6:30, both in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

A heart for veterans: The U.S. Military Veterans of SMU have something sweet for the University community. The student organization will sell Sprinkles cupcakes for their Valentine’s Day fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the flagpole. Get there early for the best selection!

SMU's Meadows Symphony OrchestraMSO student concert: Conducting graduate student Daniel Peterson leads the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in concert on Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 16. The program will feature solos by Sami Eudi (flute) and Scott Leger (horn), winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition. Friday’s concert is at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m.; both are in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series returns with author Khaled Hosseini Feb. 11, 2014

HosseiniNew York Times best-selling author Khaled Hosseini will deliver the first Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2014. The author of The Kite Runner gives the Tolleson Family Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Hosseini did not start out as a writer, making his debut in 2003 after more than ten years of practicing medicine. Originally from Afghanistan, Khaled moved with his family to the United States in 1980 after being granted political asylum from his war-torn homeland. Khaled was 15 when they moved, and he entered school in California speaking no English. He went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego.

Follow Khaled Hosseini on Twitter

While working as a doctor, Hosseini released The Kite Runner. After its wild success, he left the medical profession to become a full-time writer. The Kite Runner spent more than five years on the New York Times best-seller list, and Hosseini followed it up with the novels A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. His novels feature the recurring setting of his Afghanistan homeland, as well as the recurring theme of family.

In addition to writing, Hosseini has provided support and service to Afghanistan. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Following this he established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

In 2007 The Kite Runner was made into a film; a movie version of A Thousand Splendid Suns is due out in 2015. Hosseini currently lives in California with his wife, Roya, and their two children.

Tuesday’s evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. They may meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Hosseini will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.

To ask Hosseini a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @tkhf and the hashtag #SMUtate.

> Visit SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage

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