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

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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.

October 27, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

September 24, 2014|Bulletin Board, Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

$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

September 9, 2014|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.

September 3, 2014|Calendar Highlights|

SMU’s 2014 Engaged Learning Expo connects students with opportunities on Wednesday, Aug. 27

SMU Engaged Learning group photo, 2014-15Community agencies and campus organizations are looking for highly motivated SMU students who want to learn outside the classroom, tackle real world issues and explore potential careers. They’ll have an ideal opportunity to get to know each other at the 2014 Engaged Learning Expo.

This year’s Expo takes place 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Miller Event Center, Moody Coliseum.

Read about 2014-15 Engaged Learning student projects

The event is a valuable networking opportunity for faculty members who want to develop courses with community components, as well as staff members who want to expand their programs, says Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning.

The following campus programs and community partners have confirmed their attendance at the 2014 Expo:

Campus programs

  • Big iDeas
  • Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education
  • Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program
  • Center for Global Health Impact
  • Clinton Global Initiative University
  • Community Engagement and Leadership
  • Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
  • Embrey Human Rights Program
  • Hamilton Scholars
  • Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity
  • Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility
  • McNair Scholars
  • TEDxSMU – Young Fellows
  • Tower Center for Political Studies
  • Undergraduate Research

Community partners

  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
  • Buckner International
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • Group Excellence
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition
  • Kids-U
  • Nexus Recovery Center
  • Reading Partners
  • Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Trinity River Audubon Center
  • Unite/Initiative
  • United Way Dallas
  • Uplift Education
  • Workers Defense Project

More about events and exhibits scheduled for the Expo

The Expo also celebrates 69 undergraduate Engaged Learning Fellows who are working on significant projects this academic year, and will provide opportunities to mix and match interested students with campus programs as well as DFW-area community partners.

Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

August 14, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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