SMU Relay For Life 2015 exceeds fund-raising goal

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SMU Relay for Life 2015, April 10-11, raises approximately $176,400 benefitting the American Cancer Society.

SMU held its 12th annual Relay for Life on Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. During the overnight fundraising walk, tables and tents filled the Boulevard as more than 1,500 students and community members came out to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

The event raised approximately $176,400 benefitting the American Cancer Society, well exceeding the goal of $158,000. Two standouts in the fundraising efforts were the SMU Kappa Alpha Theta team and SMU senior Katie Schaible.

The Thetas topped the leader board for team fundraising this year, collecting more than $38,761. After a junior in the SMU Theta pledge class was diagnosed with cancer during the Fall 2014 term, the Relay for Life movement became the perfect platform for the sorority to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The entire chapter actively came together to support her, raise funds and bring awareness to the fight.

SMU senior Katie Schaible raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society during her four years

SMU senior Katie Schaible raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society during her four years at SMU.

For her fourth consecutive year, Katie Schaible made the individual fundraiser leader board. Schaible truly embodies the spirit of Relay for Life. After losing her father to melanoma at the age of 14, Schaible joined Relay for Life during her freshmen year and has raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society since.

Prior to the on-campus event, SMU Relay For Life won the title of number one college Relay in an online event on February 23-25, 2015. Competing against the top 25 American Cancer Society college Relays for Life, SMU Relay for Life took the top spot raising $45,534. Collectively the online event raised $315,654 benefiting the American Cancer Society.

“The SMU community rose to new heights with the unbelievable success they had during the Number One Relay Challenge,” said Rebecca Wood, staff partner for the Relay. “I am so proud of the student-led committee and the community as a whole.”

For more information or to donate to the cause, visit the SMU Relay For Life webpage or the SMU Relay For Life Facebook page.

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Outstanding achievement honored at SMU’s 2014-15 Awards Extravaganza, Honors Convocation

2013 laurelsSMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2015 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 13.

> Read the list of award winners from Honors Convocation 2015

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 18th Honors Convocation. The address was delivered by Brian Stump, Claude C. Albritton Jr. Chair in Geological Sciences in the Huffington Department of Earth SciencesDedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

An expert in seismic wave propagation and earthquake source theory, Stump has become well known in North Texas for his continuing research on the increasing occurrences of small earthquakes that have shaken the area since 2008. In November 2014, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

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SMU celebrates Relay for Life on April 10-11, 2015

relayforlife-bigThe 2015 Relay For Life of SMU will take place Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. All events and activities will take place on Bishop Boulevard. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to make progress toward a world without cancer.

As part of the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and a shared goal to end a life-threatening disease. As a way to take action and help finish the fight against cancer during an overnight community fundraising walk, the event serves as an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost and raise funds and awareness to help end cancer forever.

2015 Relay for Life Schedule: 

  • Opening Ceremony: Bringing everyone together for a lively event kickoff, Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. with an Opening Ceremony.
  • Survivors Lap: Next, at 6:15 p.m., all cancer survivors are invited to celebrate their victory over cancer by taking the first lap on the Boulevard.
  • Caregivers Lap: Following the Survivors Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer is invited to walk a lap at 6:30 p.m.
  • Luminaria Ceremony: As a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, the Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremony: The event will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. during the Closing Ceremony.

The Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m. Parking is free and available in the Binkley garage. For more information regarding Relay for Life, email Rebecca Wood or visit the event webpage.

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Calendar Highlights: April 8, 2015

 “For My People: A New Musical Work” featuring Randy Klein (piano) and Aurelia Williams

“For My People: A New Musical Work” featuring Randy Klein (piano) and Aurelia Williams

Margaret Walker Alexander Tribute: Celebrating the centennial of the birth of acclaimed African American poet-scholar-activist Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), SMU sponsors a free performance of “For My People: A New Musical Work”  on Wednesday, April 8. Featuring the opus’ author, Randy Klein, joined by Aurelia Williams and the Heart and Soul Singers, the performance marks SMU’s first sponsorship of the annual College Language Association (CLA) convention (April 8-11 in Dallas).The musical tribute will take place at 7 p.m., at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Clarence Muse Café Theater, 1309 Canton Street. 

Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons’ Place in a Changing Religious Landscape: Sponsored by the “Religious and American Public Life” Fellows Seminar, SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Science hosts David E. Campbell as he leads the lecture on “Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons’ Place in a Changing Religious Landscape.” A Professor of Political Science from University of Notre Dame, Campbell will discuss Mormons’ place in a changing religious landscape. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in 147 Caruth Hall.

Relay for Life: The 2015 Relay For Life of SMU will take place Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. Students, teachers and faculty are encouraged to participate in the event to make progress toward a world without cancer. For more information, visit the SMU 2015 Relay for Life event webpage. 

Honors Day Convocation: SMU’s 18th Annual Honors Convocation will take place Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. SMU community members are invited to celebrate the academic excellence achieved by SMU students. For questions regarding Honors Day Convocation, email the SMU Ceremonies department. 

SAS@SMU “The New Middle East Cold War:” The Security and Strategy Program at the SMU Tower Center hosts F. Gregory Gause, III and Ambassador Robert Jordan as they present a lecture on “The New Middle East Cold War” on Tuesday, April 14, at noon in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please RSVP via email to the Tower Center. 

Tower Center Monthly Seminar: Continuing their monthly seminar series, the SMU Tower Center presents Kate Carté Engel in a lecture entitled “The Geopolitics of Religion: Mapping Early Modern Protestant Networks in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, April 15, 1 p.m. in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall. Engel is an associate professor of religious studies specializing in early American and Atlantic religion. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

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SMU’s 2015 summer camps are opening for registration

Stock art of 'summer camp' spelled out in chalk surrounded by kids' handsSummer break is coming soon, and SMU has readied its annual slate of camps for kids and teens. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in athletics, learn with LEGO® and explore interests in everything from art to engineering to science. Many programs offer discounts for SMU faculty and staff members.

Camps are held on SMU’s main campus as well as at SMU-in-Plano throughout the summer. Start dates range from early June to early August; many camps fill up fast. Check the camp websites for full information, including availability, requirements and deadlines.

> Find SMU camps for 2015, with schedules, costs, age ranges and links, at the SMU News homepage

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SMU VP Lori White is 2015-16 chair-elect of leading professional organization for student affairs administrators

Lori S. White, SMYSMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White has been voted 2015-16 chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for the student affairs profession. She took on her new duties after the Business Meeting at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 24, in New Orleans.

Dr. White will serve one year as chair-elect before beginning her term as board chair during 2016-17. She will serve as past board chair in 2017-18. She will also serve as a member of the Executive Committee of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

During her more than 30 years working in higher education, Dr. White has served as associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern California and has also worked at Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities and the University of California-Irvine. She has served as SMU’s VP for student affairs since 2007 and is also a clinical professor in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Her research and teaching emphases include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the NASPA Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. White earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and English from the University of California-Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 14,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories.

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Save the date: SMU Honors Day 2015 is Monday, April 13

SMU Honors Convocation 2013 procession

Honors Convocation 2013. Photo credit: SMU/Kim Ritzenthaler

SMU celebrates high achievement in academics and community life during Honors Day 2015 on Monday, April 13. The 18th Honors Convocation begins at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, and the 2015 Awards Extravaganza takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

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.

SMU’s 2015 Honors Convocation award and honors recipients

Brian W. Stump, Albritton Professor of Geological Sciences and AAAS Fellow, SMU

Brian Stump, SMU’s Claude C. Albritton Jr. Chair in Geological Sciences

Brian Stump, Claude C. Albritton Jr. Chair in Earth Sciences in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will be the convocation speaker. An expert in seismic wave propagation and earthquake source theory, Stump has become well known in North Texas for his continuing research on the increasing occurrences of small earthquakes that have shaken the area since 2008.

But his work in detecting ground motion from explosions has for more than 20 years helped the United States government in ensuring that the world’s nuclear powers abide by their agreements related to underground nuclear testing. He served as scientific adviser to the U.S. delegation to the Conference on Disarmament from 1994 through 1996 and continues to be called upon frequently to assist the U.S. government in the interpretation of seismic and acoustic data.

In November 2014, Stump was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He is the fifth SMU professor to receive this honor.

Retired and current faculty will assemble for Honors Convocation in academic dress no later than 5:10 p.m. in the Perkins Administration Building lobby and will process together to McFarlin Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Dallas Hall Quadrangle.

Watch SMU’s Honors Convocation via live streaming Monday, April 13 at smu.edu/live

Participating faculty members may RSVP online. Faculty members with questions regarding the procession can send an e-mail to ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Later, the University presents several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2015 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Awards Extravaganza honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

Find more information on Honors Convocation: smu.edu/honorsday
Learn more about the Awards Extravaganza from SMU Student Life

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Sports: Mustang Fan Fair scheduled for April 18, 2015

11036659_10152750590111981_9118654516228546698_nMen’s Basketball: Nic Moore has been named to the Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention list. Moore, The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year led the Mustangs in scoring (14.5) assists (5.1) and steals (1.3) as SMU captured its first regular season conference championship in 22 years.

Women’s Equestrian: Eighth-seed SMU will face ninth-seed Kansas State in the opening round of the 2015 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship on Thursday, April 16, at the Extract Events Center in Waco, Texas.

Men’s Football: The SMU football team returns to Ford Stadium for the 2015 Spring Game & Mustang Fan Fair on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. Introducing the Chad Morris era on the Hilltop, the game will give fans a glimpse into #PonyUpTempo football. In addition to the action on the field, the stadium will have bouncy houses, food trucks, faceprinting and a photo booth. For more information, visit the event webpage.

SMU junior Ryan Burgess

SMU men’s golf junior Ryan Burgess

Men’s Golf: The Mustangs closed the Mason Rudolph Championship in seventh place behind a 2-under 69 from junior Ryan Burgess on Sunday, April 5, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Next, SMU will visit Columbus, Ohio for the Robert Kepler Invitational for a two-day tournament beginning on Saturday, April 11.

Women’s Golf: After carding their lowest team score (one-under 287), the SMU women’s golf team jumped two spots up the leaderboard for a 4th-place finish at the Anuenue Spring Classic on Wednesday, March 25, in Kapalua, Hawaii. The Mustangs shot 14-over (878:299, 292, 287) in the 54-hole event for their fourth top-five finish this season. Next, the Mustangs will have a two-week hiatus before hosting their only tournament of the season. The two-day DAC/SMU Invitational begins on Friday, April 10, at the Dallas Athletic Club.

Women’s Rowing: Coming away with the win over Kansas in 1st Varsity 8+ action, the SMU women’s rowing team hosted a three-team event on White Rock Lake on Saturday, April 4. The Mustangs finished in 7:37.5, outpacing Kansas, which clocked a 7:44.4 in the race. Next, the Mustangs host Tulsa for the annual Lawless Cup on Saturday, April 18.

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Lissi Lonsberry tallied two goals in the win.

Men’s Soccer: Former SMU men’s soccer standout Damian Rosales recently signed a professional contract with Arizona United SC, the USL affiliate of FC Dallas. Rosales played 71 matches for the Mustangs between 2011 and 2014. To follow Rosales’ season, visit the club’s webpage.

Women’s Soccer: With junior Lissi Lonsberry scoring a pair of goals, the SMU women’s soccer team defeated Texas Women’s University, 3-0, on Wednesday, April 1, at Westcott Field. Next, the Mustangs host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at Westcott Field.

Men’s Swimming & Diving: After earning All-American honors in the three-meter, senior diver Devin Burnett placed 21st in the platform competition at the NCAA Championship at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Saturday, March 28. Burnett is SMU’s first All-American diver since Matthew Culbertson in 2009.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Isabella Arcila posted the second fastest time in school history in the 100-yard freestyle during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. While the Mustangs’ 2014-15 team schedule comes to a close with the completion of the Championship, select individuals will compete at the Mesa Grand Prix on April 15-18.

SMU women's tennis team sophomore Macie Elliot

SMU women’s tennis team sophomore Macie Elliot

Men’s Tennis: The SMU men’s tennis team fell to American Athletic conference foe and 22nd-ranked  USF, 4-3, on Friday, April 3, at Turpin Stadium in the Brookshire Family Pavilion, SMU Tennis Complex. Next, the Mustangs host crosstown rival and 10th-ranked TCU on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Tennis: The SMU women’s tennis team fell to American Athletic Conference foe Memphis, 4-0, on Friday, April 3, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Next, the Mustangs remain on the road for another conference matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

Women’s Track: Five SMU distance runners competed in the Stanford Invitational on Friday, April 3, at Stanford University’s Cobb Track. Setting a new top mark in the American Athletic Conference this season, Holly Archer led the Mustangs with a fifth-place finish in her 1,500-meter heat (4:26.29). Next, the Mustangs will compete in the Mt. SAC Invitational April 16-18.

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Co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” delivers Tate Lecture April 7, 2015

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After a delay due to inclement weather earlier this semester, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and author of recently released Everybody’s Got Something Robin Roberts will visit SMU Tuesday, April 7 to deliver the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture.

Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Roberts will offer her insight and opinion on current events during The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. 

RobertsUnder Roberts leadership as an anchor, “Good Morning America” has won three consecutive Emmy Aways for Outstanding Morning program. Since the start of her career at “GMA” in 1995, Roberts has conducted numerous interviews with a a diverse group of newsmakers. Several of her headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareen Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on her loss of her husband, Patrick Swayze.

In addition to conducting interviews at GMA’s Times Square studio, Roberts has also reported extensively around the globe. She traveled to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush on a mission to raise Muslim awareness about breast cancer; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDs crisis; and to Mexico to scale the Mayan Pyramids as part of “GMA’s” “The New 7 Wonders of the World” series.

270In June 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online. 

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series
For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

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SMU Lyle to offer multidisciplinary M.A. degree in design and innovation

SMU Innovation GymBeginning in Fall 2015, SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering will offer a new master’s degree designed to spark creativity in problem solving across multiple disciplines.

The Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI), grounded in an approach known as “design thinking,” will provide a toolkit for people working outside the typical design environment. Coursework and project-based learning experiences will teach participants to combine what people need with the possibilities created by technology and the economic requirements for business success through design research, idea generation, and rapid prototyping.

“Some of the most successful CEOs in the world are crediting the concept of ‘design thinking’ as a breakthrough approach for solving systemic problems,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “Our undergraduates have been thriving on a no-barriers approach to problem-solving through competitions and projects organized in our Deason Innovation Gym. Expanding on our undergraduate success, the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation is a great way to introduce our students to a framework and methodology for innovating and designing, which will have impact wherever their career takes them.”

Kate Canales, director of Design and Innovation Programs in the Lyle School, will lead the program. A Stanford University mechanical engineer, Canales spent her early professional years with global design and innovation firm IDEO, where she helped pioneer the use of design thinking as a means of building the capacity for innovation within companies. She arrived at the Lyle School in 2012 after working as a consultant and as creative director at frog design.

“The process and the skills these students learn will make them much different job applicants,” Canales said.  “It’s about confidence and approaching problems in ways that are not typical.  And while many engineering students will see this as a natural progression in their studies – it’s not a degree just for engineers. It’s a great fit for people pursuing careers in fields as different as business, the arts, advertising and the social sciences.”

MADI students will be able to take advantage of an unprecedented multidisciplinary approach that opens up relevant electives across SMU departments and schools on campus for the first time. The curriculum pulls from the Lyle School’s Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering departments, as well as advertising through SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute, entrepreneurship through the Cox School of Business, anthropology through Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and arts entrepreneurship and creative computing through the Meadows School of the Arts.

Find out more about the MADI program at smu.edu/madi, or contact the SMU Lyle graduate recruiting office at 214-768-2002.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

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