Category Archives: News

All 11 SMU students in Paris reported safe; University is monitoring the situation

SMU has heard from all 11 of its students studying in Paris that they are safe. The SMU Travel Oversight Committee is closely monitoring the situation and is receiving updates from the U.S. State Department and International SOS. SMU community … Continue reading

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Steven C. Currall named SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs

Steven C. Currall, whose record of academic leadership includes achievements at Rice University, University College London and the University of California-Davis, has been named vice president for academic affairs and provost at SMU, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Currall, a psychological … Continue reading

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A message from President Turner regarding campus carry

SMU President R. Gerald Turner released the following statement to the campus community on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015: As many of you know, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11 in the last legislative session, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed … Continue reading

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Tom Barry announces his retirement as SMU vice president for executive affairs

Thomas E. Barry, who has served as SMU’s vice president for executive affairs since 1995, has announced his retirement from that position effective Dec. 31, 2015. He also has been a member of the marketing faculty in SMU’s Cox School … Continue reading

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SMU mathematics professor Alejandro Aceves elected Optical Society Fellow

Alejandro Aceves, professor of mathematics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been elected as a fellow of The Optical Society for his pioneering contributions in the areas of optical gap solitons, spatiotemporal localization in optical array systems … Continue reading

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Guildhall administrator, Navy reservist Steven Cole celebrates Veterans Day after returning from deployment in Afghanistan

Navy veteran Steven Cole is back at SMU as both a staff member and a student after a one-year deployment with the NATO coalition in Afghanistan. A deputy director with the SMU Guildhall and an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, Capt. Cole returned to the … Continue reading

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Research: SMU study shows intensive (and immediate) intervention is crucial in helping struggling readers succeed

Instructors who give struggling readers intensive and immediate help will enjoy “significantly” improved learning outcomes over those who adhere to the traditional “fail first” model, according to a new study by SMU researchers. The study found that reading skills improve very little when … Continue reading

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OE2C: Faculty, staff suggestions for continuous improvement needed to sustain savings, efficiencies

SMU has begun the next phase in its Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) project. A new post on the OE2C website describes its mission: As it charts its own course for the future, SMU will continue to implement initiatives … Continue reading

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Maguire Center, Residence Life honor military vets with ‘Red, White and Blues’ Nov. 11, 2015

SMU honors military vets everywhere – especially those who are part of the University community – with music, food and festivities on Veterans Day 2015, Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and Residence Life and Student … Continue reading

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A world premiere, a masterwork and a revival at the 2015 Fall Dance Concert Nov. 11-15

The 2015 Fall Dance Concert will feature a world premiere, a masterwork and a revival. Opening the program is the premiere of Wild and Precious, a contemporary ballet by Robert Dekkers. Created especially for the SMU Dance Ensemble, Wild and Precious … Continue reading

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