SMU experts join KERA for Freedom Summer 50th anniversary film preview & panel discussion Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Freedom Riders Julia Aaron and David Dennis

Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis participated in a Freedom Ride from from Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi in 1961. The Freedom Riders paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. Photo credit: Paul Schutzer via ‘Freedom Riders’ c/o PBS

During the summer of 1964, more than 700 student volunteers joined with thousands of organizers and local African Americans to register new voters in Mississippi.

The violence that followed included the murders of three civil rights workers and the burning of dozens of churches, homes and community centers. Public outrage against these acts helped spur the U.S. Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In honor of Freedom Summer’s 50th anniversary, two SMU experts will join a former student activist and UNT law professor for KERA’s Freedom Summer Community Screening and Panel Discussion.

The screening and discussion take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in KERA’s Community Room, 3000 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas. Admission is free; advance registration is required by 5:30 p.m. on the day. For details, contact engage@kera.org.

The event – which includes a preview of the June 24 PBS show “Voices of Freedom Summer” – is sponsored by KERA and the Embrey Family Foundation/SMU Embrey Human Rights Program with support from the South Dallas Cultural Center and the Dallas Faces Race think-tank.

“The racist issues civil rights activists confronted, primarily to ensure voting rights, aren’t just in the pages of history. They’re deeply entrenched to this day, but perhaps not as overtly visible,” says SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, event moderator.

Featured panelists include:

Ernie McMillan, a Dallas native and former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Student Congress On Racial Equality (SCORE). McMillan was an integral part of Texas-based civil rights demonstrations that, although often successful, led to his imprisonment for more than three years.

Dennis Simon, SMU’s Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and organizer of SMU’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, now in its 10th year.

Cheryl Brown Wattley, a University of North Texas law professor who spent more than 21 years in private practice, primarily as a criminal defense attorney and civil rights litigator. At UNT she is director of Experiential Education and teach courses in professional skills, criminal law, and professionalism.

Written by Denise Gee

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Alumna’s debut novel is SMU’s 2014 Common Reading

'We Need New Names' by NoViolet BulawayoFor the incoming class of 2018, SMU has chosen an acclaimed first novel that is also the first Common Reading selection to be written by an SMU graduate.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of 10-year-old Darling, a Zimbabwean girl who lives in a shantytown called Paradise. Darling’s father has contracted AIDS – euphemistically called “the sickness” by the book’s characters – while working in South Africa. Her mother has left town in her own attempt to provide for the family.

Unexpectedly, Darling gets the chance to live in the United States with an aunt. But the golden opportunity doesn’t pan out according to her dreams when she begins her new life as an undocumented immigrant in Detroit.

“Bulawayo describes all this in brilliant language, alive and confident, often funny, strong in its ability to make Darling’s African life immediate,” wrote Uzodinma Iweala in The New York Times Book Review.

> SMU Magazine: Alumna traces career awakening to SMU

Judy Wertheimer’s review in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states that “Ms. Bulawayo’s artistry is such that we can’t help but see ourselves in that wider world…. Darling is a dazzling life force with a rich, inventive language all her own, funny and perceptive but still very much a child.”

“We believe that this narrative will provide students with a wholly original reading experience,” said Associate Provost Harold Stanley in an e-mail to faculty and staff members dated Monday, May 19, 2014.

Bulawayo, known to many at SMU by her given name of Elizabeth Tshele, earned her master’s degree in English from the University in 2007 after receiving her bachelor’s in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In 2010, she received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell as a Truman Capote Fellow. She recently completed a 2012-14 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.

Her pen name is a tribute both to her mother, who died when she was 18 months old (NoViolet means “with Violet” in her native Ndebele), and to her childhood home, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo’s semi-autobiographical first novel has received several prestigious awards and recognitions, including the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Fiction, the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Additionally, she became the first black African woman to make the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize (in 2013) and made The New York Times’ 2013 Notable Books of the Year list, as well as National Public Radio’s “Great Reads of 2013.”

We Need New Names is only the second work of fiction chosen for the University’s Common Reading since the program began in 2004. The first, How to Be Good by Nick Hornby, was SMU’s Common Reading selection in 2007.

Past SMU Common Reading books also include Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman (2004), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (2005), The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (2006), The Devil’s Highway by Luís Alberto Urrea (2008), Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (2009), Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (2010), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011), The Big Short by Michael Lewis (2012), and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore (2013).

The Common Reading Selection Committee is now seeking leaders for the pre-Convocation reading discussion. Discussion leaders will receive a free copy of the book. Active and emeritus professors from all SMU schools are invited to take part, as well as University staff members.

To volunteer as a discussion leader, or for more information on this year’s selection, contact Diana Grumbles, 214-768-3832.

> Learn more from SMU’s Common Reading homepage: smu.edu/commonreading

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Thomas DiPiero named SMU’s new Dedman College dean

Thomas DiPiero, June 2014-1The next dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is a multidisciplinary scholar whose academic interests range from French literature to the psychoanalysis of race and gender.

Thomas DiPiero has been named to lead the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools, as well as to professorships in the Departments of English and World Languages and Literatures. He will join the University on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

Currently, DiPiero is dean of humanities and interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and professor of French and of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York. He replaces William Tsutsui, who resigned in May to become president of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

DiPiero received both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Romance studies from Cornell University, in 1984 and 1988 respectively. He earned a B.A. degree in French and an M.A. in Romance languages and literatures from The Ohio State University in 1978 and 1980.

“I am honored and exhilarated to have been named dean of Dedman College,” DiPiero said. “Dedman College is the academic heart of SMU, home to world-class, innovative teaching and research about the natural world, its people, their creations and institutions. The college’s departments, programs, and centers are leading the way in creating new knowledge and new fields of inquiry, and I am tremendously eager to work with faculty, students, and staff to extend the intellectual boundaries of our work and the geographic reaches of our discoveries.”

“I am excited about Dedman College’s future under the leadership of Dr. DiPiero,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The College, which is the heart of an SMU education, will benefit from his interdisciplinary approach to the humanities and sciences, as well as from his passion for research and teaching. He’s a great fit for Dedman College and for SMU.”

“Dr. DiPiero has an outstanding reputation for working across boundaries to bring the humanities and sciences together,” said Paul Ludden, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He also established a strong record of promoting both graduate and undergraduate students during his time at the University of Rochester. The students of Dedman College and the broader University will be well served by his leadership and experience.”

Ludden also expressed thanks to Peter Moore, senior associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs in Dedman College, for serving as interim dean during the search. “Dr. Moore is a consummate professional, and his work in an interim role is helping Dedman College maintain its momentum as we prepare for Dr. DiPiero’s arrival.”

DiPiero is the author or co-editor of three books: White Men Aren’t (Duke University Press, 2002); Illicit Sex: Identity Politics in Early Modern Europe, edited with Pat Gill (University of Georgia Press, 1997); and Dangerous Truths and Criminal Passions: The Evolution of the French Novel 1569-1791 (Stanford University Press, 1992). He served as editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press) from 2005-13, and has written several book chapters, as well as numerous journal articles.

DiPiero previously served as a visiting faculty member at SMU-in-Taos in 2011 and as a guest lecturer for SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series in 2008.

“Tom DiPiero will bring a superb combination of gifts to his new position as dean of Dedman College,” said William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and search committee chair. “He has excelled as an interdisciplinary and international leader in higher education, with creative initiatives in the sciences as well as the humanities. Our search committee was tremendously impressed with his qualifications, and we are thrilled with his appointment.”

Dedman College has 307 full-time faculty members, including 19 endowed professorships. About half of SMU’s undergraduates pursue majors in Dedman College through 39 baccalaureate degree programs, and minors in more than 50 areas. Nineteen graduate programs in Dedman College lead to a master’s degree, and 13 programs lead to a doctor of philosophy degree.

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SMU announces Meadows dean search committee

SMU has announced the members of a search committee to identify candidates for dean of the University’s Meadows School of the Arts. The 19-member committee includes the chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees; the chair and several members of the Executive Board of Meadows School of the Arts; University faculty members; and two Meadows School directors, as well as two Meadows students.

Current Meadows Dean José Antonio Bowen has been named president of Goucher College in the Baltimore area. He will continue his SMU service through June 2014.

David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will serve as committee chair. In addition to Chard, the Meadows Dean’s Search Committee includes:

  • Linda Pitts Custard, chair of the Meadows Museum Advisory Council and member of the Executive Board and Campaign Steering Committee, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Bess Enloe, former chair of the Executive Board, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO, The Meadows Foundation
  • Melissa Fetter, chair of the Executive Board and member of the Campaign Steering Committee, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Caren Prothro, chair, SMU Board of Trustees

Faculty members (Meadows School of the Arts unless otherwise noted):

  • Rhonda Blair, professor, Division of Theatre
  • Patty Harrington Delaney, associate professor and chair, Division of Dance
  • Hemang Desai, department chair and Robert B. Cullum Professor of Accounting, Cox School of Business
  • Virginia Dupuy, professor of voice, Division of Music
  • Maria Dixon Hall, associate professor and director of Mustang Consulting, Division of Communication Studies
  • Pamela Elrod Huffman, associate professor and director of choral activities, Division of Music
  • Pamela Patton, professor and chair, Division of Art History
  • Tony Pederson, professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair, Division of Journalism
  • Jay Sullivan, professor, Division of Art

Administrators:

  • Mark Roglán, Linda P. and William A. Custard Director and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts, Meadows Museum
  • Kris Vetter, assistant dean for development and external affairs, Meadows School of the Arts

Students:

  • Adrian Aguirre, dance performance and film major
  • Katie Schaible, dance performance and international studies major
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Tenure, promotion for 18 SMU professors effective for 2014-15 academic year

Eighteen SMU faculty members will begin the 2014-15 academic year with promotions after receiving tenure as associate professors or being named to full professorships.

The following individuals received tenure or promotion effective Monday, Sept. 1, 2014:

Cox School of Business

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Richard Briesch, Marketing

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Austin Baldwin, Psychology
  • Bo Chen, Economics
  • Jodi Cooley-Sekula, Physics
  • Sunday Eiselt, Anthropology
  • Daniel Reynolds, Mathematics
  • David Rosenfield, Psychology
  • Brandilyn Stigler, Mathematics
  • Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Andrew Graybill, History
  • David Haynes, English (Creative Writing)
  • Neil Tabor, Earth Sciences

Dedman School of Law

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Meghan Ryan, Law (criminal law and procedure, torts, law and science, intellectual property, capital punishment)

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Jeffrey Kahn, Law (U.S. constitutional law, Russian law, human rights, counterterrorism)
  • Mary Spector, Law (consumer credit law, landlord-tenant law, clinical legal education, co-director of the SMU Civil Clinic)

Meadows School of the Arts

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Ann Schilling, Theatre

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Pamela Patton, Art History

Perkins School of Theology

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Susanne Scholz, Old Testament
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SMU Health Center moving to temporary location

Beginning Friday, June 6, 2014, the SMU Health Center will offer medical services in a temporary location at the Loyd All-Sports Center, 5800 Ownby Drive. Medical services will be available from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the lower level, Room L007.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) will be available at 214-768-2277 or 214-768-2860.

Students may call the Health Center at 214-768-2393 for more information.

> Get details about the status of medical, pharmacy, counseling, and scanning and scoring services from the SMU Parents blog

In case of emergency, students are asked to call 911 or SMU Police at 214-768-3333. Local hospitals and emergency resources are listed on the Health Center website. Students also may visit area clinics, including QuestCare at 3414 Milton Avenue in Snider Plaza, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call 214-368-4822.

The Health Center is preparing for the demolition of the Memorial Health Center and the subsequent construction of the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Health Center staff members thank SMU students, faculty and staff for their support during this transition period.

> Visit the SMU Health Center online at smu.edu/healthcenter

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Three honored as SMU’s 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors 2014-16 by Hillsman S. Jackson

The 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors were honored at a meeting of SMU’s Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8 (l to r): Michael Lattman, Paige Ware and Jaime Clark-Soles. Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson

Three of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 8, 2014.

This year’s honorees include Jaime Clark-Soles, New Testament, Perkins School of Theology; Michael Lattman, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paige Ware, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Thomas Carr, Mathematics, Dedman College; Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts; Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College; and Luis Maldonado-Peña, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish), Dedman College.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. “These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE website. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.” The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

More about this year’s honored professors under the link.

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Get a sneak preview of SMU’s new Arnold Dining Commons as 2014 summer dining hours kick in

Stock photo of an Open sign in a shop windowWhat’s for lunch? As SMU outlets begin summer hours, the campus community will have an opportunity to experience the new Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons before the facility opens for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Arnold Dining Commons opens to the public – including SMU’s summer sport and cheer camps – at lunchtime on Tuesday, May 27. The Commons will accept all forms of payment available at other University dining outlets, including meal plans and Pony Express Cash, during its “soft launch” period from May to August.

Summer operations will be geared toward service for thousands of conference attendees, says Julie Wiksten, associate vice president for campus services. The summer meal service “will be an opportunity for the SMU community to get an advance look at these new facilities and to experience them first-hand during the summer sessions.”

SMU's Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons, Spring 2014SMU Dining will introduce The Fresh Food Company at Arnold Dining Commons when students return for the Fall 2014 term. The menu focuses on dishes made to order in front of guests, prepared with fresh ingredients, in an atmosphere reminiscent of an open marketplace. The concept encourages flexibility and creativity in the dining room’s daily offerings, Wiksten says.

Continuing the freshness theme, two campus outlets will receive major upgrades during summer 2014. RFoC at Lee, also known as “Umph,” will close during the summer sessions for an extensive remodeling (including a renovated faculty/staff dining room).

In addition, Mac’s Place in McElvaney Hall, which closed temporarily in March, will reopen in the fall with an upgraded grill, an outdoor entrance with patio seating, and an expanded convenience store.

Some other University food stops will be open for business during limited hours in the 2014 May Term and Summer Sessions. Check the links below for outlets, days and times:

Visit SMU Dining Services online at smudining.com

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Faculty Senate honors five with 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards

SMU’s Faculty Senate honored five outstanding staff members with 2014 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards during its last meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, April 30.

In addition to the award, each honoree received a tote bag containing items ranging from gift certificates to performance passes to SMU Basketball T-shirts. The gifts were donated by SMU Athletics, the SMU Bookstore, SMU Dining Services, Meadows Museum and Meadows Theatre.

This year’s winners:

  • Sandra Blackstone, Finance, Cox School of Business
  • Amy Dahmann, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Judy Gibbons, Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology
  • Cliff Gould, Parking Services, Parking and ID Card Services
  • Pam Henderson, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Meadows School of the Arts

Photos of each winner with Faculty Senate President Santanu Roy have been posted to the Faculty Senate website’s Awards and Recognitions Archive.

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Time to celebrate at the 2014 President’s Picnic Friday, May 23

2014 SMU Staff Appreciation Day and President's Picnic - imageSMU staff members will unofficially kick off the Memorial Day 2014 weekend with a party Friday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) and President R. Gerald Turner host the 2014 President’s Picnic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration features picnic food favorites and several prize contests. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All SMU staff members are invited to attend.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online at smu.edu/smusa

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