Tune In: Tower Center’s Joshua Rovner talks national security after al Qaeda on ‘Think’ Sept. 11, 2014

Joshua RovnerJoshua Rovner, director of studies in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will discuss U.S. national security strategies in a post-al Qaeda landscape on KERA 90.1 FM Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Rovner will appear on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the 1-2 p.m. hour with Hal Brands, assistant professor of public policy and history at Duke University.

Tune in at www.kera.org/listen

Rovner and Brands are also among the speakers in tonight’s Tower Center Forum, “After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy.” Joining them will be Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies Program at MIT. The discussion, moderated by Rovner, will explore American “grand strategy” of the past, present, and future for maintaining national security.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. It is free and open to the public; reservations are required. RSVP to the Tower Center.

Learn more about SMU’s Tower Center online

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SMU Guildhall deputy director heads out for active duty in Afghanistan

SMU Guildhall Deputy Director Capt. Steven Cole, US Navy ReserveSteven Cole, deputy director of operations with The Guildhall at SMU and a captain in the United States Navy Reserve, has answered the call of duty for a one-year deployment with the NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

Capt. Cole will serve as director of the NATO-led Multinational Fusion Center, Regional Command North (RC-North) – a United Nations-mandated NATO mission in Mazar-i-Sharif with personnel from 17 different countries.

“The objective is to build the nation and help build the capacity of self-rule. Our primary mission is outreach to the community,” says Cole, whose Navy intelligence service focuses on counterinsurgency, human terrain and strategic analysis.

“Having been a reservist my entire career, this is just another opportunity to serve when asked,” Capt. Cole adds. His experience in joint operations made him a good fit for his current assignment, he says. “The U.S. Navy has the best, most educated and experienced intelligence professionals in the world, so the Navy is always at the top of the list for these assignments.”

Steven Cole joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in February 1986; he earned his B.B.A. degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University in 1978. His first Navy Reserve assignment was in North Texas: as assistant training officer to Fleet Intelligence Rapid Support Team, Pacific 0470 (FIRSTPAC 0470) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Dallas in Grand Prairie. During his Navy Reserve career he has served as an analyst, intelligence officer and intelligence training instructor with commands throughout California and Texas. His current command is stationed at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Capt. Cole served with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) mission of counterintelligence, human intelligence, force protection and counterterrorism assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Capt. Cole was awarded the Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) pin in October 2010. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Meritorious Service (2), Joint Service Commendation and Navy Commendation medals, as well as two Combat Action ribbons.

He and his wife, Rita, have two children, Mitchell (with his wife, Sarah) and Rachel. The Cole family make their home in Dallas.

Capt. Cole came to his “dream job” at The Guildhall in April 2014 after a long career as a self-employed forensic accountant, financial consultant and private investigator. He quickly found a home in the SMU community, including among its cadre of military veterans. (As of September 10, 2014, more than 130 U.S. veterans are enrolled in SMU degree programs using their Veterans Administration benefits.)

“My heart is at The Guildhall – it’s the best place in the world to work,” Capt. Cole says. He’s even taken several stacks of Guildhall stickers and business cards with him and never misses an opportunity to share them with fellow service members. “In fact, I just gave a bunch of them to some fellows who were in the cafeteria talking about World of Warcraft,” he says.

Lecturer in Production Mark Nausha has taken on Capt. Cole’s duties during his absence and will serve double duty as a Guildhall faculty member and administrator. “I’m very comfortable with him sitting at my desk while I’m gone,” Capt. Cole says. “I’ll miss the Guildhall immensely – the staff and faculty, and the great students we have – and I can’t wait to get back.”

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SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents ‘Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid’ Sept. 17, 2014

BwjF4ZXCEAAqvAlIn 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite significant pressure from American citizens to act strongly against the racist regime, Reagan’s administration insisted on a policy of “constructive engagement.”

During this American struggle over apartheid, the largest national upsurge of campus civil disobedience occurred since the 1960s. This explosion of activism in support of southern African liberation movements enabled Congress to override Reagan’s veto and impose sanctions with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.

As part of the Presidential Forum lecture series, the SMU Center for Presidential History presents “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid.” Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement,” the event will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests:

Rozell W. "Prexy" Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt is an educator and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism, and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

Piero Gleijeses is a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the leading scholars of the global Cold War and the struggle over apartheid.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium.

> Register for “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid” here

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 10, 2014

As neighborhood demographics changed, the Anshe Sphard Synagogue became an escuela (school) for Mexican-American children in the Pike Park neighborhood.

As Pike Park neighborhood demographics changed, the Anshe Sphard Synagogue became a school for Mexican-American children.

Pike Park Exhibit Opening: With help from members of the Meadows School of the Arts, three local organizations are presenting “Uptown’s Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 Years of Settlement,” an exhibit that traces the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants in Dallas. The exhibit will be at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street, Sept. 12 – Oct. 18, and is presented by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and the Latino Cultural Center. For more information contact the Dallas Jewish Historical Society at 214-239-7120 or Dallas Mexican American Historical League at 214-236-7673.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble Plays the Classics: The Meadows Wind Ensemble has become an annual tradition, and never fails to be a favorite amongst musicians and audiences alike. This year’s program will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. For more information call 214-768-2787.

Heart Walk Dallas 2013

Walkers stream across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during Dallas Heart Walk 2013. SMU will field more than 30 teams during the 2014 event.

Join SMU at the Dallas Heart Walk: Faculty, staff, family members and friends are encouraged to join SMU at Reunion Tower for the Dallas Heart Walk, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The walk is a 3-mile, non-competitive walk to raise awareness about heart health and wellness. For more information visit the Dallas Heart Walk website or contact wellpower@smu.edu.

SMU Common Reading presents NoViolet Bulawayo: Common Reading author and SMU alumna NoViolet Bulawayo returns to her alma mater Monday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. to discuss her book We Need New Names. The 2014 PEN/Hemingway award-winner tells the story of a spunky 10-year-old in her journey from Zimbabwe to America. The event will take place in Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

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$4 million in gifts will fund SMU Tower Scholars Program

SMU Tower Center logoGifts totaling more than $4 million will endow and provide operational support for the new Tower Scholars Program – a unique immersion experience for undergraduates in public policymaking through SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

A gift of $2 million, made possible by Highland Capital Management L.P., will endow the Highland Capital Management Endowed Tower Scholars Program Fund. The participating students will be recognized as Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars.

A gift of $1 million from the Hamon Charitable Foundation will endow the Jake L. Hamon Endowed Internship Program in the Tower Scholars Program Fund. A $1 million gift from The Berry R. Cox Family Foundation will support endowment and provide operational support.

The University has received additional donations totaling over $400,000 toward operation of the Tower Scholars Program fund – important to the implementation of the program until the endowments mature.

> The Dallas Morning NewsBob Miller: SMU’s Tower Scholars Program receives over $4 million in gifts

Ten sophomore students will be selected as Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars every year. Students may apply to the program during the fall term of their sophomore year; the first applications are being accepted in fall 2014. The first scholars will begin their studies in spring 2015 leading to a minor in Public Policy and International Affairs.

The scholars will be steeped in domestic and foreign affairs, national security and defense, and international political economy. Access to global and national leaders and policy makers, study abroad opportunities and meaningful senior-year internships are hallmarks of the program. The specialized curriculum includes instruction by professors-of-the-practice and visiting diplomats.

“Few American universities offer a program designed for undergraduates with as much real-world policy education and experience as does the Tower Scholars Program,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The gifts that make this program possible allow students to begin gaining professional perspectives while working toward their undergraduate degrees, bridging the usual gap between graduation and career development.”

“The Tower Center is a signature program within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and I’m delighted with the opportunity this presents for all of our SMU students,” said Dedman College Dean Thomas DiPiero. “The students who will graduate as Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars are destined for great things,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Ludden.

The invitation-only Tower Scholars Program and associated minor is open for application from all majors across SMU’s schools, with admission based on a competitive process. The minor in Public Policy and International Affairs requires 15 hours of political science courses, beginning with Introduction to Global Policy Making in the spring of the sophomore year. The scholars will develop mentor relationships with public policy practitioners, work with clients on actual cases, and have access to local businesses, decision makers and Tower Center Board members.

The gifts to fund the Tower Scholars Program count toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised $874 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Read the full story from SMU News

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OE2C news from Project: SMU

We’ve added a new Initiatives page for Contract Administration. The information provides you with an overview of this initiative, its mission objectives, project leadership and more. Visit the page via this direct link.

> Visit Project: SMU – Operational Excellence for the Second Century at blog.smu.edu/oe2c

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SMU community joins the 2014 Dallas Heart Walk Sept. 13

Heart Walk Dallas 2013

Walkers stream across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during Dallas Heart Walk 2013. SMU will field more than 30 teams during the 2014 event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.

SMU students, faculty, staff members and alumni are pounding the pavement of downtown Dallas to raise awareness about heart health and wellness. Teams of walkers representing several areas of the University community will take part in the 20th annual Heart Walk Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

The Dallas division of the American Heart Association hosts the largest Heart Walk in the nation, having grown from 450 participants when it was started by fitness guru Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper to more than 60,000 walkers last year. This year the event is co-chaired by two SMU alumni, Hunter L. Hunt ’90 and Chris Kleinert ’88.

More than 30 SMU teams will participate in the day’s activities, including a starting-line photo with the Mustang Band, who will entertain during the opening ceremonies. The University contingent will include Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown and teams representing student organizations, administrative offices, and almost every school and college, as well as the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Other participants will include Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s son, Dr. Tyler Cooper.

> Learn more about the Heart Walk in this short video video

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the base of Reunion Tower (300 Reunion Boulevard East) with the Mustang Band leading the walk. The Dallas Heart Walk requires registration but is free and open to the public.

SMU participants will receive a commemorative SMU T-shirt.

> Register for the Dallas Heart Walk and choose your SMU team here

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SMU Guildhall brings action, expertise to 2014 Big (D)esign Conference

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Demo, Big Design Conference 2014, Addison Texas

Squirrel Eiserloh, a software development faculty member in The Guildhall at SMU, leads attendees in a mission with the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator at the 2014 Big (D)esign Conference Friday, Sept. 5. Eiserloh will speak at the conference on Saturday morning. Photo credit: SMU/The Guildhall at SMU

The Guildhall at SMU is bringing big-game action to Dallas’ 2014 Big (D)esign Conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6.

Software development faculty member Squirrel Eiserloh provided a demonstration of the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator on Friday, in which six conference attendees received training for their designated roles – Captain, Weapons, Helm, Engineering, Communications or Science. The attendees then participated in a full gameplay scenario with Eiserloh initially functioning as Captain and coordinating the interaction of all members within the simulation.

The gameplay session will continue through Saturday. Attendees can see the Artemis simulation in action in Room 2021 of the Addison Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Road.

> Visit the official homepage of the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator 

Also on Saturday, Eiserloh will give a presentation on “Randomness in Game Design” at 10 a.m. in Trinity IV at the Addison Crowne Plaza. The talk, which targets game designers and developers, covers the pros and cons of implementing the randomness approach. Eiserloh will also address different trials and techniques of using random elements, including math and psychology, in a game. “I want to provide tools to add to (a designer’s) toolkit for understanding when and how to use random elements in game design,” he says.

Eiserloh’s game Xertigo will be featured as part of the Dallas Society of Play’s upcoming cabinet game exhibition. Xertigo, a 2D game which Eiserloh developed during the 48-hour Global Game Jam 2014 in January, is a four-person arcade shooter pitting all players against each other in a dogfight in space.

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

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SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic scheduled for Sept. 7, 2014

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SMU basketball coach Larry Brown will host a coaching clinic at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. In addition to Brown, the SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic will feature head coaches Bill Self of Kansas, Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University, Wes Miller of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson.

SMU Head Coach Larry Brown

SMU Head Coach Larry Brown

“We are excited to have the opportunity to conduct this clinic at SMU,” said Brown. “We are very fortunate to have some great coaches come and share their knowledge with all of us.”

The SMU Basketball Coaching Clinic is open to coaches and fans of all levels.* The event is $75 with pre-registration or $100 on Sept. 7. For more information, contact the SMU Men’s Basketball office at 214-768-3501 or e-mail SMUCoachingClinic@gmail.com.

Register online here or complete the registration form attached below.

2014 SMU Basketball Clinic Flyer

* Due to NCAA rules, no student-athletes of recruitable age (male or female 7-12th grade or junior college) will be allowed to attend.

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 3, 2014

Meadows School’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: International concert artists Alexander Kobrin and Emanuel Borok present the first of three concerts devoted to the complete collection of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. The performance will take place in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Larry Palmer, Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Larry Palmer, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Faculty Recital featuring Larry Palmer: For his 45th annual faculty recital, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer will play organ works by Saint-Saens, Bach, De Gringy, Calvin Hampton, Wilbur Held and Thomas Hewitt-Jones. Also featured will be harpsichord works by Rameau, Bussoni, Hessenberg, Fredrico Mompou and Domenico Scarlatti. The performance is free and open to the public and will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Monday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.

After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy: Join two of the country’s most respected strategic thinkers, Hal Brands and Barry R. Posen, for a provocative discussion regarding the American grand strategy for maintaining national security. The event will take place in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to tower@smu.edu if you are interested in attending or have any additional questions.

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