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SMU Basketball makes Elite Eight in 2014 NIT; plays Cal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26

Shawn Williams #2, SMU Basketball

Shawn Williams will play in his 34th game of the 2013-14 season tonight in the SMU-Cal quarterfinal at Moody Coliseum. Williams graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology and currently is taking graduate courses at SMU.

The No. 1-seeded SMU Mustangs (25-9) will play the No. 2 seed California Golden Bears (21-13) for the chance to advance to the Final Four and Madison Square Garden in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Mustangs take the home court advantage at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 26 in Moody Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The quarterfinal matchup will see the SMU men’s team break its overall attendance record for a season – 101,296 during the 1984-85 season. SMU enters the contest at 100,374 fans for the 18 home games in the 2013-14 campaign. SMU is 2-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 March 19) and LSU (80-67 March 24).

> Follow the team on Twitter: @SMUBasketball

SMU’s 25 wins on the season ties for third most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in 1987-88. The Mustangs are 17-1 at home this season, including 11-1 in the renovated Moody Coliseum since Jan. 4 – the most home victories in program history.

In addition, the team finished with 12 conference wins for the first time since its 12 Southwest Conference wins in the 1992-93 season. The Mustangs’ third-place conference finish was the program’s best record since finishing third in the WAC in 2002-03.

On Thursday, March 20, Head Coach Larry Brown was selected one of five finalists for the 2014 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year, presented by the Atlanta Sports Council. Brown has also been named one of 10 finalists for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award and one of three finalists for the Jewish Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award. In his second season on the Hilltop, Brown and the Mustangs have posted the top NCAA RPI turnaround (among teams in the top 100) from 2012-13 to 2013-14, improving their mark 160 spots from 213 a year ago to 53 as of Monday, March 17.

> Read the full story from SMU Athletics

Tune In: Dallas lights up with SMU spirit

The return of “Moody magic” has left Dallas glowing with Mustang pride. Take a look at how SMU’s neighbors in North Texas and beyond are showing their spirit in this new video, produced by SMU News’ Myles Taylor with voiceover by John Gibson.

Click the YouTube screen to view, or open this link to watch “Dallas Glows Red for SMU” in a new windowvideo

By | 2014-02-25T16:04:13+00:00 February 25, 2014|Categories: Tune In|Tags: , , , , |

Tune In: How J. Erik Jonsson transformed Dallas

Hundreds of Dallas’ leading public servants, including Mayor Mike Rawlings and DISD Superintendent Mike Miles, joined emerging leaders at SMU on Thursday, Feb. 6 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mayor J. Erik Jonsson’s citizen-led “Goals for Dallas.”

Jonsson, a founder of Texas Instruments, became mayor of Dallas in 1964, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Already a strong advocate for education, he worked to improve morale and the image of the city throughout his term.

Jonsson’s “Goals for Dallas” initiative spurred the construction of DFW Airport, the Dallas Convention Center, the New Museum of Fine Arts and Dallas City Hall. The program helped establish public school kindergartens, citywide family planning, the University of Texas at Dallas, several branch libraries and neighborhood parks.

The sold-out event, “Goals for Dallas: The Impact of Ethical Leadership,” was sponsored by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and was held in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom of SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center.

Maguire Ethics Center Director Rita Kirk spoke with KTXD’s “The Texas Daily” about “Goals for Dallas” on its 50th anniversary. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or open this link to see the KTXD Goals for Dallas segment in a new windowvideo

> Read more about SMU’s “Goals for Dallas: The Impact of Ethical Leadership” from SMU News

Tune In: Dean Marc Christensen on KERA’s ‘Think’ Jan. 29, 2014

Marc Christensen, dean of Lyle School of Engineering at SMUMarc Christensen, dean of SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, will be part of a distinguished panel discussing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education on KERA 90.1 FM Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Christensen will join Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Cameron Evans and Kristin Larimore, strategic engagement leader with GE Capital Equipment Finance, on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the noon-1 p.m. hour.

Christensen is a DARPA Young Faculty Award winner and has been recognized at SMU with the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship and the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.

Listen live at kera.org/listen

Tune In: Meadows Museum and its Prado partnership

As SMU’s Meadows Museum approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015, the University has created a video exploring its artistic and academic partnership with Madrid’s Museo del Prado.

Enjoy the interviews, and the art, in stunning high definition by clicking the YouTube screen – or click here to watch SMU’s Meadows-Prado video in a new windowvideo

By | 2013-11-13T12:30:55+00:00 November 13, 2013|Categories: Tune In|Tags: , , , , |

Tune In: SMU’s Andrew Graybill on KERA’s ‘Think’ Nov. 7, 2013

Andrew R. GraybillAndrew Graybill, associate professor of history and director of SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will discuss changing notions of racial identity in the West on KERA 90.1 FM Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Graybill will appear on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the noon-1 p.m. hour.

Tune in at kera.org/listen

Graybill’s new book, The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), follows the story of Montana fur trader Malcolm Clarke and his Piegan Blackfeet wife, Coth-co-co-na, focusing on the 1870 Marias Massacre – set in motion by the murder of Malcolm Clarke and in which Clarke’s two sons rode with the Second U.S. Cavalry to kill their own blood relatives.

In his examination of this historical tragedy, Graybill sheds light on how racial attitudes changed from the 19th century, in which Native-white marriages proliferated, to the 20th, in which such families often encountered virulent prejudice.

Visit SMU’s Clements Center online at smu.edu/swcenter

Tune In: Tower Center’s Joshua Rovner on ‘Think’ Oct. 30, 2013

Joshua RovnerJoshua Rovner, director of studies in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will discuss how U.S. strategy in national security and defense is affected by budget restrictions on KERA 90.1 FM Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Rovner will appear on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the noon-1 p.m. hour.

> Tune in at kera.org/listen

Rovner’s “Think” appearance ties in with the Tower Center’s 6th annual national security conference Oct. 30-31. The proceedings will emphasize emerging regional threats and national security under conditions of budget austerity.

“The Tower Center National Security Conference brings together a stellar group of senior military officers, policymakers and academic security specialists who can speak to the big picture as well as the nuts and bolts of the defense budget,” says Rovner, who also serves as the University’s John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security. “We hope to encourage a serious discussion about the future of international security, the range of U.S. strategic responses and the difficult choices that will be necessary under fiscal austerity.”

> Learn more about SMU’s 2013 Tower Center National Security Conference

Tune In: Experiencing SMU game day ‘Down On The Boulevard’

SMU celebrated its 13th year of The Boulevard during the season-opening football game against Texas Tech Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

A new video by Myles Taylor of SMU News captures the fun, spirit and pageantry of the University’s pre-game festivities – which Southern Living magazine named one of “The South’s Best Tailgates” in 2012.

Click the YouTube screen to enjoy the video, or click here to watch “SMU Boulevard” in a new windowvideo

By | 2013-09-30T11:52:13+00:00 September 24, 2013|Categories: Sports, Tune In|Tags: , , , , , |

Tune In: SMU law grad, anti-doping leader talks with KERA Aug. 19

Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart

Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO and SMU Dedman School of Law graduate

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO and Dedman School of Law alumnus Travis Tygart will speak on KERA Public Radio’s “Think” at 1 p.m. CT Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Tygart, who led the investigation into the doping case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, will talk with “Think” host Krys Boyd about the pressures athletes face, advancements in anti-doping detection, and the future of sports.

> Listen to Travis Tygart on KERA at 90.1 FM or via live streaming: kera.org/listen

Tygart will discuss “Playing Fair and Winning: An Inside View on Ethics, Value and Integrity” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in McFarlin Auditorium, sponsored by the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility as part of this year’s Delta Gamma Lecture in Values and Ethics. The event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP online or by calling 214-768-4255.

Earlier that day, Tygart will discuss the “Legal and Ethical Lessons Learned Through USADA’s Pro Cycling Investigation” at a special lecture with SMU Dedman School of Law students.

> Read more from SMU News

Tune In: The constitutional conundrum of the No Fly List

Most people are familiar with the No Fly List, part of the Secure Flight program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). What most don’t realize, however, is how similar that list is to a system used more than 50 years ago – one ultimately deemed unconstitutional.

Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists (University of Michigan Press) combines history, policy analysis and the law, beginning with an introduction to the No Fly List’s intellectual ancestor: Ruth B. Shipley. Her grandmotherly appearance belied the immense power she wielded as chief of the U.S. State Department Passport Office from 1928 to 1955, when she almost single-handedly decided which Americans could travel outside the country and which would be kept at home.

Author Jeffrey Kahn (pictured left), an associate professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, writes that “Mrs. Shipley’s ghost” now permeates a massive computerized system that diffuses her authority across multiple agencies – but still denies due process and infringes on citizens’ constitutionally protected rights. He discusses his book with KERA Radio in an interview scheduled to air from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Listen on your radio at 90.1 FM, or click here to listen on your computer or other electronic device.

> Read more about Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost from SMU News

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