World-renowned photographer Platon delivers final SMU Tate Lecture of 2014 Tuesday, Dec. 2

150453TateLecturePlatonWorld-renowned, award-winning photographer Platon will visit SMU Tuesday, Dec. 2 to deliver the final Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series of 2014. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Platon will offer his insight and opinions on current events.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.03.29 PMPlaton Antoniou – known professionally simply as Platon – has created powerful portraits of more than 120 heads of state, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chávez and many more. Featured in a range of publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQTIME and several books of his own, Platon artfully uses photography to answer the question, “Who is this person?”

In recent years, public speaking has progressively played a major role in Platon’s career as a communicator and storyteller. Openly sharing some of the poignant and mesmerizing stories behind his photographs, Platon takes his audience on a roller coaster of emotions from laughter to tears.

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.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. evening section are still available online. Additionally, 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 kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.
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Sports: Men’s Basketball continues seven-game homestand against former Southwest Conference foe Arkansas

nicmooreMen’s Basketball: SMU will try to rebound from road losses to powerhouses Gonzaga and Indiana last week, hosting Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Texas Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 30. The Mustangs’ pair of Moores, Ben and Nic (right), lead the team in scoring through the first four games with 13.3 and 12.8 points per game, respectively.

heiseVolleyball: Riding an eight-game home winning streak, the volleyball team plays their final home game on Wednesday, Nov. 26 against Tulsa. SMU will close out the regular season at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs swept the American Athletic Conference weekly awards for the third time this season, as Avery Acker took home her second Offensive Player of the Week award and Janelle Giordano earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. Morgan Heise (left), a three time Defensive Player of the Week winner, was named to the league’s weekly honor roll. Heise needs just 33 digs to break the Sidney Stewart‘s single-season record (625).

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) finished 101st out of 253 runners at the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her performance was an improvement on last year’s 155th place finish.

Football: The Mustangs look to pick up their first win of the season against in-state rival Houston on Friday, Nov. 28. SMU throttled Houston 72-42 in their last visit to Dallas in 2012. The Mustangs are coming off of a 53-7 loss to UCF in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Cougars took down Tulsa 38-28 on the road on Saturday, Nov. 22.

NCAA Football: UTEP vs. SMUWomen’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team tips off the SMU Thanksgiving Classic against Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 28. USC and Sam Houston State will face off following the SMU-Florida A&M game. Destynee Hives-McCray (right) leads the Mustangs with 11.8 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and a 59.4 field goal percentage.

 

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Celebration of Lights 2014, Dec. 1, 2014

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As Thanksgiving Break comes to an end, SMU continues to usher in the 2014 holiday season with the beloved annual tradition Celebration of Lights. Sponsored by the SMU Student Foundation, this year’s ceremony will take place Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. 

The ceremony features 138,000 decorative lights, luminaries lining the sidewalks, seasonal songs performed by campus musicians, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas Story. While Celebration of Lights is a celebration rooted in tradition, this year features some new additions.

  • Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program: This year Celebration of Lights is partnering with Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program to help sponsor a record high of 82 children affected by domestic violence.
  • Live Stream: In an effort to bring Celebration of Lights to the entire SMU Community, Student Foundation will feature this year’s celebration as a live stream on smu.edu/live.

“We realized that the SMU community was more than just the students and faculty in the Dallas area but also the parents and alumni who aren’t able to come out to Dallas on a Monday evening,” said Jack Murphy, Student Foundation, Campus Events Chair. “Therefore, we chose to live-stream the event much like SMU does for convocation and graduation because Celebration is a major SMU tradition.”

For more information regarding the ceremony, email the SMU Student Foundation or Jack Murphy.

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Save the date: Celebration of Lights on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with the post-Thanksgiving observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2014 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, on the Main Quad.

Refreshments will be served prior to the event, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served.

Watch the SMU Forum during the first week of December for a full schedule of upcoming University holiday events.

Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

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SMU announces two new gifts for endowed faculty positions

Two new gifts to SMU totaling $3.5 million will create two new endowed faculty positions in two schools.

A gift of $2.5 million, made through the Texas Methodist Foundation, will establish the Susanna Wesley Centennial Chair in Practical Theology in Perkins School of Theology. A gift of $1 million from two SMU alumni will establish the Janet and Craig Duchossois Endowed Professorship in Management and Organizations in Cox School of Business.

The new gifts were announced Friday, Nov. 14. 2014 at a campus event honoring donors of endowed faculty positions.

“Increasing the number of endowed faculty positions at SMU is a major goal of our Second Century Campaign,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “These two new gifts for faculty positions in the theology and business schools move us closer to our goal of achieving 110 endowed faculty positions by the end of the campaign in December 2015. We are grateful to all of the donors who have helped us add to the strength of the SMU faculty by supporting this goal.”

Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist UniversityThe Susanna Wesley Centennial Chair in Practical Theology honors the woman referred to as “the mother of Methodism.” Her sons, John and Charles Wesley, led a revival within the 18th-century Anglican Church that sparked the emergence of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the American colonies. Historians point to her “practical theology” as a source of inspiration for her sons.

The Texas Methodist Foundation, which conveyed the gift, provides grant and stewardship services that advance The United Methodist Church and Christian ministries.

The chair’s “Centennial” designation represents a gift that includes operational funds to provide immediate impact while the endowment matures. The Wesley Chair commitment includes endowment funding of $2 million and annual operating support of $100,000 for the first five years. These operating funds will make it possible to fill the chair in the next academic year.

“The discipline of practical theology helps students reflect on and formulate conclusions about the various fields of theological inquiry as they relate to one’s practice of ministry,” said Perkins School Dean William Lawrence. “Perkins School of Theology graduates are facing an ever-changing world of ministry opportunities. Helping students think theologically in ministry settings is essential for successful pastors and Christian workers.”

SMU Cox School of BusinessThe Janet and Craig Duchossois Endowed Professorship in Management and Organizations is designed to strengthen the Cox School of Business in an area of increasing importance to corporations and other types of institutions.

“The Department of Management and Organizations in the Cox School offers students tools to succeed in a globally competitive environment,” said Cox Dean Al Niemi. “The increased faculty strength provided by this new professorship will enable more students to develop skills that help prepare them for future leadership in the business world.”

Janet and Craig Duchossois earned B.B.A. degrees from SMU’s business school in 1966 and 1967, respectively. Craig also earned an M.B.A. degree from SMU in 1968. he is CEO of The Duchossois Group, Inc., which deals in commercial and residential access control. Mr. Duchossois was honored in 2002 with the Cox School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Janet previously owned an interior design and home furnishings business..

The Wesley Centennial Chair and the Duchossois Endowed Professorship bring the total to 40 endowed faculty positions established during SMU’s Second Century Campaign. SMU now has 102 fully endowed faculty positions toward its goal of 110, which includes positions previously endowed throughout the University’s history.

> Read the full story from SMU News

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OE2C: Travel Initiative seeks faculty-staff input on travel management companies

Stock illustration of commercial airlinerAs part of Project SMU: Organizational Excellence for the 2nd Century, the Travel initiative is examining savings and efficiency measures in the travel booking process.

The University’s new travel software solution, Concur, requires integration with a travel management company (TMC). According to the OE2C website, the TMC will be responsible for issuing tickets on behalf of airlines, hotels and rental car companies booked through Concur; providing live assistance for travel booking;  and assisting with changes to itineraries.

The Travel committee plans to recommend a TMC to the OE2C Executive Committee before the winter break. Committee members have examined information from a variety of companies and have selected four finalists for campus presentations from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center:

· Colwick Travel
· Corporate Travel Planners
· Christopherson Business Travel
· Corporate Travel Management

Please plan to attend these presentations and bring your questions. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback after demonstrations are complete.

> Read more about the Travel Initiative from the OE2C website

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Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2014

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Tower Center Forum Event: As part of the Tower Center Forum, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents Ambassadors Unplugged: Antonio Garza and Mark Langdale. Moderated by Tower Center Senior Fellow Lee Cullum, the forum discussion will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., in the Jones Great Hall. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: As part of International Education Week, SMU’s International Student and Scholar Services hosts a free film screening of The Dialogue, a movie about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

Dos Prados: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents “Dos Prados: Larry Palmer’s Favorite Music for the Pascoal Caetano Oldovini Organ.” The concert features SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer performing his favorite Iberian Baroque music surrounded by the masterworks in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. This performance will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert: Directed by Dylan Smith, the Meadows Jazz Orchestra launches its 2014-15 season with the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert. Featuring an evening of traditional big band music, the concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., in the Bob Hope Theatre. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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SMU Men’s Basketball team & head coach Larry Brown

SMU Men’s Basketball: Marking the beginning of seven consecutive home games, SMU Men’s Basketball will return to Moody Coliseum to play Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: As part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, Meadows School of the Arts presents Stefan Engels as he performs classic French works. After serving as professor of organ at the prestigious University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholody” in Germany, Engels joined SMU in fall 2014 as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance. Engels debut recital will take Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff, and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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Thanksgiving treats from SMU Catering: Order by Nov. 21, 2014

Thanksgiving cornucopiaToo rushed for holiday baking? SMU Catering has a selection of pies, cakes, cookies and breads to make your Thanksgiving feast easier to prepare.

Treats for 2014 include pumpkin, pecan and buttermilk pies. Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, Pumpkin Decadence (gingerbread cake topped with pumpkin mousse and pumpkin ale sauce) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The Thanksgiving menu also includes Mustang bread, in both original and jalapeño cheese varieties.

For pricing information and to place your Thanksgiving order, call SMU Catering at 214-768-2368, or fax your order to 214-768-2366; include your phone number if you plan to pay with a credit card. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25 until 3 p.m. at the bakery in RFoC, Umphrey Lee Center.

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How to help students with stress during 2014 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Ludden asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, which is available online at this link.

Ludden also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

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