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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2014

Unknown1Pumpkins and Professors: SMU Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences presents Pumpkins and Professors Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Scholar’s Den of Clements Hall Basement. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to come together outside the classroom for a spooky evening of coffee and conversation. Professors are welcome to bring their families and students are encouraged to bring their friends. For more information, contact Aubrey Richardson.

From Curanderos to Heart Surgeons and Back Again: Health, Healing and Resiliency in the Hispanic Southwest: In celebration of the SMU Department of Anthropology’s 50th anniversary, SMU distinguished alumni Robert T. Trotter will discuss the practice of curanderismoCuranderismo is part of a historically and culturally important health care system deeply rooted in native Mexican healing techniques. The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., in McCord Auditorium. To RSVP, please contact Pamela Hogan.

US Congressman Pete Sessions: SMU College Republicans presents US Congressman Pete Sessions Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Sessions will speak to students about current events and issues. For more information, contact Cole Chandler.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Brown Bag Concert: Meadows School of the Arts presents a lively noontime concert by Meadows Jazz Orchestra directed by Dylan Smith. The concert will take place Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:45 p.m., in the Tubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact Dylan Smith.

WNSoFF4XBig iDeas Pitch Contest: In search of the next big student innovation, SMU Big iDeas will host The Big iDeas Pitch Contest Friday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower. The contest is an open event for undergraduates with big ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world. For more information, contact Big iDeas via email or phone 214.768.4788.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: As part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Meadows School of the Arts presents Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus. Focusing on African American identity through cultural and political movements, Cyrus’s work explores events such as the Jazz Age of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and their consequent appropriation by mainstream culture. The lecture will take place Monday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Owen Arts Center, B600. For additional information, call 214.768.1222.

Peace, Politics & Plutonium: The Hillel of Dallas and SMU Jewish Studies present a lunch and lecture with Gil Hoffman as he offers an insider’s look at mayhem in the Middle East. The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 5, 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in Heroy Hall, Room 153. To RSVP, please contact SMU Jewish Studies by Oct. 31.

Big iDeas looks for the next big student innovation at the 2014 Pitch Contest Friday, Oct. 31

Big-iDeasWant to see what SMU’s most innovative students are up to? Take a break from Halloween activities and stop by The Big iDeas Pitch Contest on Friday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower. 

The contest is an open event for undergraduates with big ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world. After developing ideas in teams, students pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with backgrounds in innovation and entrepreneurship. Next, judges determine which ideas are “the big ones” based on what is realistic and can be developed in the next three months. The winning teams are eligible to win up to $1,000 to develop prototypes or pilots in preparation for Demo Day in late January 2015.

Click here for the Big iDeas Pitch Contest rules

Launched by SMU Provost Paul Ludden in 2008, Big iDeas inspires and empowers students to not only dream up big ideas, but to make them real. Past winners include:

  • WNSoFF4XFACT: Free Admissions Consulting Team, a non-profit that gives low-income students access to free, individualized mentoring and advice targeting every component of the college application process.
  • Oasis Express, a weekend shuttle service designed to give on-campus students easy access to local, fresh food from SMU to White Rock Lake Farmer’s Market.
  • Reading for a Reason, an annual on-campus read-a-thon that promotes literacy in young children.

For more information contact SMU Big iDeas via email or phone. 214-768-4788.

Sports Highlights: Sept. 24, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.27.36 PMWomen’s Soccer:  Mustang first-year Lauren Guerra was named the American Athletic Conference “Rookie of the Week.” Guerra scored both goals in the Mustangs 2-1 victory over Gonzaga this past Sunday. Guerra will take the field again in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 25 and return home to play BYU Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. More information on this weeks game, including live stats, is available here.

Men’s Soccer: After his performance in SMU’s 2-0 win over Oral Roberts, Benjamin Joseph was also named American Athletic Conference “Rookie of the Week.” Joseph scored the match winning shot and pushed the Mustangs to 3-3 on the 2014 season. Watch Joseph play as SMU hosts Tulsa Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. at Wescott Field. More information on the match, including live stats, is available here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.44.50 PMWomen’s Volleyball: After extending their win streak to program-best 11 matches, Mustangs received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for the third straight week after winning three matches at the SMU Doubletree Classic. Mustangs will begin American Athletic Conference against UCF on Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

Men’s Football: SMU will play its second straight home game against rival TCU on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. For more information, including live stats as the Mustangs battle the Horned Frogs for the Iron Skillet, click here.

Women’s Golf: Mustangs brought home the title from the 2014 East & West Match Play Challenge in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend. SMU Women’s Golf will head to the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma. Hosted by Oklahoma, the event will take place at the Belmar Golf Course, Oct. 3-6.

$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

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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