Duke theologian, researcher and administrator Craig C. Hill named dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology

Craig C. Hill, dean of Perkins School of Theology, SMUCraig C. Hill, a Duke University leader in theological education with strengths in practice, research and church relations, has been appointed the new dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, effective July 1, 2016.

Current Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence announced in September 2015 that he will retire from the position on May 16 and take a leave of absence during the 2016-17 academic year, possibly returning to SMU as professor of American church history after that time.

Since 2010, Dr. Hill has served as executive director of the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Christian Practice programs at Duke, as well as research professor of theological pedagogy.

He previously served the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he held several positions: professor of New Testament, executive director of academic outreach, director of the Wesley Ministry Network, co-director of the dual degree program with The American University and director of the Master of Theological Studies degree program.

> Learn more about the SMU Perkins decanal search committee

“Dr. Hill’s broad achievements as a scholar and pastoral leader make him well-equipped to guide and strengthen the next century of theological higher education at SMU,” said Steven C. Currall, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Theology was one of the first subjects taught when SMU opened in 1915, and today Perkins School of Theology remains central to the mission and character of the University. Dr. Hill will further cement the close relationship between Perkins and The United Methodist Church, as well as with other faith-based organizations in the region, nationally, and around the world. We are delighted that Dr. Hill will join the academic leadership of SMU as dean of the Perkins School of Theology.”

“Perkins School of Theology has from the beginning sought, in the words of Charles Wesley, to ‘unite…knowledge and vital piety,’ to pursue the highest standard of theological scholarship, not simply for its own sake, but for the benefit of the Church,” said Dr. Hill. “I was delighted to discover one of the school’s earliest mottos: ‘Take the School of Theology to the Church.’ My own career has been defined by that same goal, so I feel incredibly privileged to join the Perkins community as it seeks faithfully to fulfill its mission in its second century of service to the Church.”

From his experience at theology schools of other distinguished universities, Dr. Hill brings a broad overview of best practices and evolving challenges in different regions of the nation and world. These positions include those at seminaries in Moscow, Russia; Seoul, Korea; and the University of Cambridge, England. In the United States, he has been a visiting professor at Howard University Divinity School and at Indiana University and was a Henry Luce Fellow at Yale Divinity School. Based on his experience at Duke University, Dr. Hill will bring insights into how theological education aligns with other academic programs in a global research university with a liberal arts tradition, such as SMU.

“Trends in theology education, the growing need for outreach to underserved communities and the importance of preparing ministers for new challenges and opportunities – all demand the balance of theological practice and reflection that Dr. Hill will bring to his leadership of Perkins,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Among Dr. Hill’s church positions, he served as director of Christian Education at First United Methodist Church, Meriden, Connecticut; as chaplain at Christ Church College, University of Oxford; as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Peoria, Illinois; and as associate pastor at Woodside United Methodist Church, Springfield, Illinois.

“In a very competitive field, Dr. Craig Hill stood out for a number of reasons,” said Samuel S. Holland, chair of the search committee and dean of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. “He has served in various executive positions at Duke Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary, in other words both in a theological school embedded in a research university and at an independent institution. He brings an international perspective to SMU. In all, he will provide ecumenical breadth and theological depth that Perkins School of Theology will need going forward.”

Dr. Hill is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the forthcoming book, The Greatest Among You: Reclaiming a New Testament Perspective on Status and Ambition. His previous books include In God’s Time: The Bible and the Future and Hellenists and Hebrews: Reappraising Division within the Earliest Church.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (Christ Church College).

Review Craig C. Hill’s curriculum vitae

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 15, 2016

Sing Song: Sing Song, the annual musical theater performance competition for SMU students hosted by SMU Program Council, is Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The performances are centered on this year’s theme of “Twisted Tales” – featuring an updated take on traditional fairy tales. Tickets are available online.

Campaign Finale: SMU gathers Friday, April 15 to unveil a new campus monument recognizing major donors and to dedicate the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade, it will mark the finale to the University’s historic $1.15 billion Second Century Campaign. The community is invited to attend the ceremony at 6 p.m. on the South Plaza, near the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, followed by a festive celebration.

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Inside SMU: Inside SMU, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16 in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, is a full morning of topical discussions delivered by SMU faculty and students. The plenary session at 9 a.m. features Darwin Payne ’68, SMU historian and professor emeritus of communications, sharing “Ten Stories You Should Know about SMU.”

Meadows World Music Ensemble: Take a musical trip around the world with the World Music Ensemble spring concert. The performances will feature Arabic, Celtic, Indian and Greek music, and much more. Special guest artist Poovalur Sriji, a world-renowned virtuoso on the mridangam (Indian barrel drum), will perform his composition Jamming Saints. The event will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Christianity in 2050: The Department of Religious Studies presents Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University. On Tuesday, April 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Dedman Life Sciences Building, room 131. Dr. Jenkins will discuss revolutionary religious change worldwide. For centuries, Christianity has had its strongest centers in Europe and North America, but the world now finds itself in rapid transformation. Christianity is growing rapidly in the Global South, especially in Africa and Asia, while traditional Western religion is under threat from secularization. Meanwhile, Christians find themselves in competition with other religions, including Islam. So what will Christianity look like in 2050? The event is free and open to the public.

Titans: Author Leila Meacham will give a free lecture and book signing for her new novel, Titans, on Thursday, April 21 in Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. An author’s reception will be held from 1-11:30 a.m. Tickets to the reception can be purchased for $30 (includes signed book and lunch). A complimentary light buffet will be served at 11:30 a.m. The lecture and book signing will begin at noon. No RSVP is required for the lecture.

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Travis Mays Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SMU

travismaysTravis Mays has been named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced last week. Mays previously served as an assistant coach for 14 years at various schools, serving under three hall of fame coaches. He has also played 11 years of professional basketball both domestically and abroad.

> SMU Forum: Rhonda Rompola announces retirement after 35 years with SMU women’s basketball.

“After meeting with Travis, I immediately knew that he was ready to be a head coach,” said Hart. “He has a tremendous coaching pedigree, having learned from some of the best in the business. Everyone spoke so highly of Travis — even those outside his immediate coaching circle, like Geno Auriemma. Travis displays strong character and a will to succeed. In short, he is a winner.”

Not only is Travis a gifted floor coach but he is also a recruiter with Texas roots. He graduated from the University of Texas, playing as a guard from 1986-90,  later going on to serve a three-year stint for the women’s basketball program from 2004-07 and then returning in 2012 to serve as Assistant Head Coach. He comes to SMU from Texas where he spent the past four seasons. His duties at Texas included recruiting, preparing opponent scouting reports, instructing guards on the court and public speaking at various community service and campus events.

“I think as a former player at Texas, Travis has name recognition and the ability to recruit that will make him a tremendous hire at SMU,” said Van Chancellor, a Hall of Fame Coach. “Sometimes during a hire, the Athletic Director is trying to hit a home run, and I think SMU has hit a grand slam.”

> Find more information on Coach Mays’ extensive background on the SMU Athletics page

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SMU celebrates Founders’ Day Weekend 2016 April 15-16

Peruna mascot at SMU Founders Day 2015SMU Founders’ Day Weekend will kick-start the University’s second century April 15-16, 2016 with a celebration of renovated library facilities, a new book on SMU history, the dedication of a new campus walkway, and a Mustang-sized finale to the Second Century Campaign.

Saturday’s community activities will include faculty talks at Inside SMU, opportunities to explore and create at the Meadows Museum, and an afternoon of fandom and Mustang football.

> Read the full story from SMU News

“We look forward to celebrating our beginnings at Founders Day each year, but in 2016 we also celebrate a very happy ending – the April 15 finale of the $1.15 billion fundraising campaign that has changed the trajectory of SMU,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “All of the opportunities the campaign has opened for SMU ultimately become community assets that we want to share.  We hope our North Texas neighbors will come explore the Hilltop and enjoy Community Day with us on April 16.”

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

• SMU will celebrate the renovation of Fondren Library, including the Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room, at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

• A 1 p.m. open house will honor the release of the new book from SMU historian Darwin Payne ’68One Hundred Years on the Hilltop: The Centennial History of Southern Methodist University.  Signed copies are available for order online and will be shipped to purchasers after Founders’ Day Weekend.

• At 6 p.m., the University will celebrate the campaign finale on the South Plaza of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center with a salute to the campaign’s major and leadership donors, the dedication of the Crain Family Centennial Promenade and the unveiling of a campaign major donor monument, including plaques listing major donors to the Second Century Campaign. During the reception that follows, guests can stroll the promenade and view their engraved pavers.

Read some of the stories behind the Crain Family Centennial Promenade bricks

• The day ends with Sing Song, the annual musical theater performance competition for SMU students hosted by SMU Program Council.  Scheduled for 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, the performances are centered on this year’s theme of “Twisted Tales.”  Tickets are available online.

> Celebrate Peruna’s Birthday during Founders’ Day Weekend 2016, Friday, April 15

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 – SMU COMMUNITY DAY

All SMU Community day activities are open to the public.

Guitarist in Meadows Museum, SMU Founders' Day 2015Inside SMU, scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-noon in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, is a full morning of topical discussions delivered by SMU faculty and students. The plenary session at 9 a.m. features Darwin Payne ’68, SMU historian and professor emeritus of communications, sharing “Ten Stories You Should Know about SMU.”

Community Day at the Meadows Museum is from 10-1 p.m. and will enable visitors to explore its Salvador Dali exhibit, as well as participate in special activities for children.

SMU Athletics hosts afternoon events at Gerald J. Ford Stadium: Mustang Fan Fair begins at noon with inflatables and food trucks, followed by the SMU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m.

See the full schedule and register for activities

— Kimberly Cobb

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Celebrate Perunapalooza 2016 on Friday, April 15

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Peruna enjoying his birthday party (2015)

Join SMU’s Student Foundation in celebrating Peruna’s birthday April 15, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Dallas Hall Lawn. In true SMU fashion, the springtime festival will overtake the lawn for the big event. Be on the lookout for Perunapalooza party hats! All are invited to celebrate.

For the first time ever, Perunapalooza will incorporate a philanthropic mission into the event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Attendees are requested to bring SMU gear, video games, make-up kits, toiletries, books, etc. to donate. In exchange for a donation, individuals can receive a free Steel City Pop and a raffle ticket.

>  Enjoy a video of the Centennial Perunapalooza (2015), produced by Student Foundation

11178372_881902018539242_1631057962089382380_n“I am excited to watch everyone come together and enjoy a (hopefully warm) day on Dallas Hall Lawn and celebrate Peruna, SMU, and the school year coming to a close,” said Student Foundation’s Campus Events Chair, Anna Bender. Bender’s committee as well as the rest of Student Foundation have put in months of work to bring this event together to celebrate SMU.

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 8, 2016

KATIEJUSTINERelay for Life: SMU will celebrate its 13th year of participation in Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser where volunteers walk or run for pledged donations, on Bishop Boulevard from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 8. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., followed by a survivors and caregivers lap around the Boulevard at 6:10 p.m. Luminarias will be lit at 9 p.m. to remember loved ones lost to cancer and support people who are fighting the disease or have fought cancer in the past. Closing ceremonies will take place at 11:45 p.m.

My Barbarian, An Artist Collective: As apart of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, My Barbarian, an LA and New York-based trio whose performances enact historical narratives and rehearse social situations, will give a free lecture on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Owen Fine Arts Center, room B600. The group draws on performance art, political theater, queer camp, institutional critique, folk plays, musicals and music videos to construct playful performances that encourage both imagination and presence. The lecture was co-organized with Pastelegram and the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin.

Double Agency, Photo by Robbie Acklen, 2015 (copywrite) My Barbarian

Double Agency, Photo by Robbie Acklen, 2015 ©My Barbarian

Public intellectuals, a round-table discussion: “Public intellectuals” bring complex ideas to the public sphere, advancing the cause of human knowledge for as wide a public as possible. Join two prominent public intellectuals, anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann and neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni, on Wednesday, April 13 as they share their groundbreaking research and discuss strategies for public engagement and the translation of research for audiences outside the academy. The event will be held in Heroy Hall, room 153 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the DCII’s Faculty Seminar Beyond Two Cultures: Reconciling Science and Humanities. Click here for more information.

International Film Festival. The 2016 film festival theme focuses on the immigrant experience, including films in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. All films will be shown in McCord Auditorium from April 6 to April 22, however, the last movie on April 22 will be shown on the South Quad Lawn of McElvaney Residential Commons.

The festival is sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Lituratures, French Club, Spanish Club, Chinese Area and Italian Club, and the McElvaney Residential Commons. Screenings are free and open to the public. 

> See the full schedule of films here.

 

 

Organ Studio Spring Concert: Organ students of Stefan Engels will present a recital Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 with works from Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung Part III, which is considered to be Bach’s theological testament in organ music. The concert will be held in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

> For more information call 214.768.2787

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SMU ready to Relay for Life Friday, April 8, 2016

relayforlife-bigSMU will celebrate its 13th year of Relay for Life on Friday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to honor those who have battled cancer and make progress toward finding a cure. Currently, 1,332 participants have signed up for the event and SMU Relay has already raised more than $119,000.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, April 8 on Bishop Boulevard, with an opening ceremony followed by a survivors and caregivers lap at 6:10 p.m. Lanterns will be lit at 9 p.m. to remember loved ones lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who fought cancer in the past.

Luminarias can be purchased prior to the event for $10 by contacting Lauren Brandt. Closing ceremonies will take place at 11:45 p.m.

SMU Relay has always exceeded expectations. Last year, they set a goal to raise $158,000 last year and surpassed it by almost $20,000. They also placed first in the Number One Relay Challenge last year. We are excited to see what the final numbers for this year are!

smu-relay-for-life-300“I am so passionate about Relay for Life because too many of my loved ones have been affected by this disease. I am also passionate about Relay because I truly believe that one day the world will be cancer-free. Every dollar that is raised for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society gets us one step and one day closer to that world,” said Katie Meier, Relay co-chair.

Visit SMU’s Relay for Life page for more information, as well as to see lists of all the registered participants, teams, money raised and events.

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Save the date: Just in Time Career Fair scheduled for April 12, 2016

careerfairMark your calendars for the last Career Fair Event of the school year, sponsored by the Hegi Family Career Development Center. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 12 from 3-5 p.m. in  the Hughes-Trigg Ballrooms.

This event is the last in a set of career fairs offered to SMU students this academic year. At the events, students will be able to network with employers who are recruiting students for both their full-time and internship opportunities.

Just like the previous fairs, students should come prepared with resumes printed and research completed. In the meantime, students are encourage to utilize the services offered at the Hegi Center that will help prepare them for the event.

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 1, 2016

ArtStrong: Armstrong Commons is hosting its first annual arts festival, ArtStrong. On Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 6 p.m on the Boulevard, ArtStrong will feature performances from student performers including the Belle Tones and the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Combo. ArtStrong will also be displaying student artwork around the Boulevard and having art workshops throughout the day. Workshops will include sculpting, iPhone photography tips and DIY t-shirt cutting. Food options will include Tiff’s Treats, Raising Cane’s, and Steel City Pops. 

The Social Costs of War: Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. In an effort to raise awareness of the social costs of war since the attacks on September 11, 2001, a panel of Dallas experts in veteran advocacy, brain trauma studies, and a combat veteran will present 10 minute talks in Hamon Arts Library at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Discussions will be moderated by the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center in the Dedman College at SMU, Alicia Meuret and visual artist, Scott Gleeson ‘09. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906, by Claudio Castelucho

Art in Focus Gallery Talk: Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzbach presents the third offering in the Meadows Museum’s new series of short, public Art in Focus gallery talks, discussing the Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906, by Claudio Castelucho. The talk is free for SMU students, faculty and staff and will be held in the Meadows Museum on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. No RSVP required.

New Visions, New Voices: Meadow’s spring playwriting festival, now in its 22nd season, presents one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by graduating theatre students. Directors include faculty members and  alumni who are active in local theatre. The plays are presented as staged readings, without costumes or sets, bringing the writers’ raw stories, characters and language to the audience without filter. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright, director and actors. Plays include, Tough Love, Filth, Finale, Siren’s Song, Knew You and Tiber. The plays are free and open to the public and will all be held in the Greer Garson Theatre – Owen Arts Center from Tuesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 3. Click here for more information on individual play times

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: As apart of the Gilbert Lecture Series, the Department of English presents Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, A Visitation of Spirits and Walking on Water. The event is free and and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 7 in Hyer Hall, room 0100. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the 6:30 p.m. reading.

 

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Eight SMU students selected to attend 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at UC-Berkeley April 1-3

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoEight SMU students will share their work on issues affecting their communities and the world during the 9th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of California-Berkeley April 1-3, 2016.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will host the CGI U gathering. The 2016 agenda will include sessions on topics ranging from invention and innovation, to designing projects to mitigate unintended consequences, to student-led high school education reform.

The event will bring together more than 1,100 college students with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

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The SMU students who will attend the meeting, and a brief description of their CGI U Commitments to Action:

  • Cristina Barrera – Food Guardian will consult with local Dallas businesses and institutions to eliminate commercial food waste through source reduction, donations of excess food, and composting food waste.
  • Jake Brudish – Hoops H2O will host competitive basketball tournaments to raise money to aid in the creation of improved water wells in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Priya Chowdhary – The Nari Project distributes crisis kits to domestic abuse victims as they transition from critical situations to places of safety, and this year Nari is expanding operations to India.
  • Sasha Mohammed – Life Spark, a smaller apparatus that works in combination with a mobile application, will serve as a more accessible form of the automatic external defibrillator.
  • Hena Rafiq – Generation NOW: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration is a program developed to help the children of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated mothers.
  • Angelica Reisch – Catalyst Arts Movement is a Dallas-based project to support and fund artists who create community engagement through art.
  • Thomas Schmedding – Innovating Health Safety Net Solutions in Means-Tested Areas is conducting research on innovative solutions for affordable health coverage for mothers and infants in Uganda and Dallas.
  • Devon Skerritt – The Possibility Project teaches young people (K-12) skills of social entrepreneurship through training, networking, and experiences that prepare aspiring first generation Dallas students for next generation careers.

Priya Chowdhary was also selected to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD Program. The LEAD program provides the added opportunity to engage with the Clinton Global Initiative and includes invitations to the CGI, CGI U, and LEAD annual meetings. Priya will be mentored by Khaliya Aga Khan, a distinguished philanthropist, venture capitalist, and advocate for social change.

> Follow CGI U on Twitter @CGIU

Student attendees have the opportunity to attend plenary and working sessions, as well as other special events covering topics across CGI U’s five focus areas. In addition, they network with their peers, build skills, and identify potential partnerships. Special guests join every CGI U meeting to help student participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to take action on their commitments.

During the last day of the meeting, the students will take part in a Day of Action in the Berkeley community.

SMU Forum: SMU renews membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

SMU is a member of the CGI University Network of 70 U.S. colleges and universities that provide support and mentorship for students’ projects. The Office of Engaged Learning is the University’s sponsoring department.

Find more information at the Clinton Global Initiative University homepage

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