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SMU’s 2017 Honors Convocation and Hilltop Excellence Awards take place Monday, April 17

Honors Convocation 2016SMU’s annual celebration of high achievement in academics and community life takes place during the 2017 Honors Convocation and Hilltop Excellence AwardsMonday, April 17.

The 20th annual Honors Convocation begins at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, and the Hilltop Excellence Awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

> Coming April 17: Watch Honors Convocation live on the web at smu.edu/live

SMU reserves one Monday each April to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff members, trustees and administrators in the two ceremonies. The Honors Convocation recognizes academic achievement at the University and department levels.

Read the full list of SMU’s 2017 Honors Convocation award and honors recipients

Jo GuldiThis year’s convocation speaker is Jo Guldi, assistant professor of history in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. A native Dallasite, Guldi studies the history of Great Britain and the British Empire, landscape history, legal history, property law, infrastructure, digital methods, international development, and agrarian studies. As a digital and data historian, she also oversees the lecture series “Data is Made Up of Stories: University-wide Futures From the Digital Humanities,” offered through the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. Among other things, the series illustrates how text mining is used across different disciplines – from digital mapping of the transatlantic slave trade to an app that captures the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Guldi is the designer of Paper Machines, a free, open-source software toolkit that allows users to visualize large amounts of text for historical and political analysis over time and space, without requiring special computational resources or technical knowledge. She is the author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State (2012, Harvard University Press) and co-author with David Armitage of The History Manifesto (2014, Cambridge University Press), currently being translated for publication in six languages. She graduated from Harvard with an A.B. degree in literature, earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of California-Berkeley and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History at the University of Chicago. She was also a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and served a fellowship in the metaLAB (at) Harvard. Prior to joining SMU, she served as an assistant professor of history at Brown University.

Find more information on Honors Convocation

Retired and current faculty members will assemble for Honors Convocation in academic dress no later than 5:10 p.m. on the third floor of McFarlin Auditorium. The faculty procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony on the Main Quad.

Participating faculty members may RSVP online by Thursday, April 13, 2017. Faculty members with questions regarding the procession can e-mail ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Later, the University will present several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2017 Hilltop Excellence Awards. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Hilltop Excellence Awards honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

Follow SMU Student Activities @SMUStuAct for live updates from the ceremony, and share your Twitter and Instagram posts from the Hilltop Excellence Awards with the #HilltopExcellence hashtag.

Learn more about the Hilltop Excellence Awards from SMU Student Life

Meadows School of the Arts presents “Meadows at the Meyerson” April 12, 2017

Meadows at the MeyersonSMU’s Meadows School of the Arts brings out its best to honor community leader Don Glendenning during “Meadows at the Meyerson 2017.” The 24th annual benefit concert will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. in Dallas.

The program features works by Ravel, Fauré and Delibes, performed by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips. Also performing will be women of the Meadows choral ensembles, led by director Pamela Elrod Huffman, and operatic soloist and alumna Katrina Galka.

The event supports talented Meadows students through the Meadows Scholars Program and the newly established Diane and Hal Brierley Endowed Scholarship. The annual spring concert also honors a community leader; Glendenning, this year’s honoree, is a noted arts and civic patron. The 2017 event chair is Nancy Carlson and the honorary chairs are Diane and Hal Brierley.

Program highlights include:

  • La Valse, a “choreographic poem for orchestra” by Maurice Ravel
  • “L’Air des clochettes” (The Bell Song) from the opera Lakmé by Leo Delibes, featuring award-winning soprano and Meadows alumna Katrina Galka as guest soloist
  • Prelude to Pénélope and Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré, the latter featuring the women of the Meadows School’s three principal choral ensembles – the Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce
  • Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, originally composed for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Tickets are $17 for students and SMU faculty and staff. A $10 discount is available for subscribers. For more information, contact the Meadows Box Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

> Read the full story from the SMU Meadows website

SMU celebrates 2017 Founders’ Day Weekend April 6-9

Athletics Football Spring GameSMU celebrates 2017 Founders’ Day Weekend April 6-9 with a full slate of public activities for alumni, students, friends and the entire community.

All are invited to join the annual celebration of the University’s founding in 1915 at these events:

  • Meadows Museum Family Day, with free arts and craft activities for adults and children featuring the drawings of Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera
  • The free Mustang Spring Football Game, featuring an SMU intra-squad scrimmage and players and coaches on hand for photos and autographs on the field after the game
  • Mustang Fan Fair, with inflatables, food trucks, photos with Peruna, and the opportunity to play new, award-winning games from the SMU Guildhall with their student designers
  • Performances of the Meadows School of the Arts’ Spring Dance Concert, featuring the Paul Taylor masterpiece Mercuric Tidings

In addition, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will offer guided bluebonnet tours of the Native Texas Park on the grounds of the center.

> Find detailed information on all Founders’ Day Weekend activities at smu.edu/FoundersDay

 

Paul Taylor masterwork highlights SMU Meadows’ 2017 Spring Dance Concert, April 5-9

SMU Meadows Spring Dance Concert 2017A masterwork by Paul Taylor, a repertoire favorite by George Balanchine and a jazz dance by SMU faculty member Brandi Coleman are the marquee attractions at the Meadows School of the Arts’ 2017 Spring Dance Concert. The show runs April 5-9 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Balanchine’s short classical ballet Valse-Fantaisie (“fantasy waltz”), choreographed for the New York City Ballet in 1967, opens the program. The concert continues with What We Do With Time, a rhythm-driven jazz work by Artist-in-Residence Coleman, associate artistic director of the Emmy Award-winning Jump Rhythm® Jazz Project. The work is based in Jump Rhythm® Technique, a rhythm-generated system of dance training that focuses on percussive energy as a means of expressive dancing.

Concluding the program is Paul Taylor’s masterwork Mercuric Tidings, described by New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff as “a dance that seemingly bursts into song.” Nationally acclaimed dance alumna Annmaria Mazzini ’94, who recently retired from the Paul Taylor Dance Company after a dozen years as one of PTDC’s principal dancers, spent three weeks at SMU helping train and prepare the students for the concert. In addition, alumnus and current Taylor company principal dancer Michael Trusnovec ’96 provided coaching for three days in February while he was in Dallas for a PTDC performance at the Eisemann Center.

Dallas Morning News: How an SMU alum’s obsession led to a life of dance with Paul Taylor

Mercuric Tidings demands a speed, strength and navigational skill that pushes its performers to their athletic and mental edges,” said Mazzini, who is now resident choreographer of the American Modern Ensemble and artistic director of the Mazzini Dance Collective in New York. “Achieving this as an individual is the first step, but when every dancer embodies the power and purpose of the entire 13, it becomes pure Taylor magic. It’s so wonderful to see that happening for these dancers. Their collective exuberance is palpable and thrilling, and the joy they are exuding is absolutely genuine, contagious and beautiful to behold!”

Spring Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $8 for students, SMU faculty and staff. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS), or purchase tickets online at Vendini.

— Victoria Winkelman

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ESPN the Magazine editor Alison Overholt to deliver O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Alison OverholtAlison Overholt, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, will give the William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 4 p.m. today – Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – in O’Donnell Hall, 2130 Owen Arts Center.

The first female editor of a national sports magazine, Overholt will speak about her experiences in rising to the top in a male-dominated industry, and about the growing prominence of women in sports. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. For further information call 214-768-3695.

Overholt serves as editor-in-chief of both ESPN The Magazine (since February 2016), a biweekly print publication, and espnW (since April 2014), a digital product suite targeted to female athletes and their fans. At espnW, she is responsible for developing comprehensive content strategies through digital, mobile, social, print, video and events. At ESPN The Magazine, she drives collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Under her direction, ESPN The Magazine has won the magazine industry’s highest honor, the 2017 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

The William J. O’Neil Lecture Series in Business Journalism is presented by the Division of Journalism in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The O’Neil Lecture Series brings outstanding business journalism professionals to the SMU campus each semester. It is part of a cooperative program in financial reporting developed in 2007 by the Meadows School Division of Journalism and the Cox School of Business, through funding from William J. O’Neil, an SMU alumnus and chairman and CEO of Investor’s Business Daily.

> Read the full story from SMU News

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