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Dedman School of Law honors five as 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Five successful legal, business and public service professionals were honored with the highest awards given by SMU’s Dedman School of Law at its 28th annual Distinguished Law Alumni Awards Thursday, March 19, 2015.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious award Dedman Law can bestow upon its alumni. An alumni committee selects recipients who are standouts in their respective fields, and an honorary award given at the invitation-only ceremony also acknowledges exceptional service to the law school.

This year’s awards and recipients were:

Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-PereiraMary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira ’99, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award – “Liz” Cedillo-Pereira is the managing attorney with Cedillo-Pereira and Associates PLLC, an immigration and nationality law practice that represents individuals, families, businesses and government entities. She is board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and lectures on immigration law as a faculty member with the UT School of Law Immigration Law conference and the State Bar of Texas Immigration law course. In 2007 she co-founded the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Dallas’ “Know Your Rights” project for detained individuals. She also is a member of AILA’s Military Assistance Program as well as Dream Defenders.

Siriporn ChaiyasutaSiriporn Chaiyasuta ’85, 2015 Distinguished Global Alumni Award – Based in London, Chaiyasuta is general counsel for Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration & Production Limited. She leads a team of more than 50 lawyers and manages Chevron’s legal portfolio for all exploration and production business in the region, harboring the world’s most productive oil and gas basins in 14 countries of the North Sea and Caspian Region of the Middle East, including the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Her many awards and honors include the “Royal Decoration Knight Grand Cross” (First Class) of Direkgunabhon and Thailand’s “In-House Counsel of the Year” Award.

G. Michael GruberG. Michael Gruber ’81, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice – “Mike” Gruber is a founding partner of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Primarily a defense attorney, his successes include a $125 million dollar judgment involving Blockbuster in favor of its first major investors, a $30 million dollar verdict against Shell Oil in a fraud case, and a more than $18 million dollar verdict against pharmaceutical company Hoffman-Laroche in one of the largest sexual harassment verdicts in the country. This year, he took the soon-to-be decided Wellness v. Sharif case, on bankruptcy court and federal magistrate jurisdiction, to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has received the Sager Award from The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, which recognizes the Southwest’s most diverse law firms. He has also been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” for more than 10 years and, since 2008, D Magazine has recognized him as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” for business litigation.

William O. Holston Jr.William O. Holston, Jr., ’81, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service – “Bill” Holston is executive director of Human Rights Initiative (HRI) of North Texas. Before joining HRI in 2012 he volunteered his services for the organization, founded in 2000 to provide legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, as well as to advocate for justice and promote international human rights. In 1997, he received the “Outstanding Political Asylum Lawyer Award” from the Dallas Bar Association; in 2002, the “Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award” from the Dallas Bar Association’s Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; in 2005, the “Angel of Freedom Award” from HRI; and in 2014, the “President’s Award” from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.

Joseph W. McKnightJoseph W. McKnight, 2015 Honorary Alumnus Award – “Joe” McKnight, Professor Emeritus of Law and Larry and Jane Harlan Faculty Fellow Emeritus at SMU Dedman School of Law, has made historic contributions to legal scholarship and law reform in Texas. Before joining the law faculty at SMU in 1955, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas before serving as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received a B.A. degree, a B.C.L. degree, and an M.A. degree. Professor McKnight would later receive his LL.M. degree from Columbia University. McKnight is a nationally recognized authority on legal history and family and marital property law. He and co-author, W.A. Reppy, Jr., have produced ten editions of their 1983 casebook, Texas Matrimonial Property Law, and McKnight was general editor and author of Creditor’s Rights in Texas.

Additionally, McKnight directed the Texas Family Code project, helping achieve significant reform, and was the principal drafter of the Texas Matrimonial Property Act, recognizing property rights of married women. He also has been a major drafter of other important Texas statutes.

During the past six decades, McKnight established and contributed to an invaluable collection of rare legal books at SMU Dedman Law. The collection is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, with the collection’s oldest book published in 1481.

Written by Denise Gee

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Calendar Highlights: March 18, 2015

Who-We-Be-coverExamining Race: Presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, American Book Award winner Jeff Chang will give a lecture on his latest work, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, on  Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

NCAA Tournament: Seeded sixth, the SMU Men’s Basketball team will face UCLA on Thursday, March 19 in Louisville in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993. Tip-off time is set for 2:10 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on truTV. On campus in the Arnold Dining Commons, SMU Dining Services invites members of the University community to a watch party at 2 p.m.; hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and popcorn will be served. Admission is free for students with meal plans, $5 for all others. For complete NCAA Tournament coverage, visit the Mustang NCAA Tournament Central 2015 webpage. 

Armenian Genocide Centennial Remembrance: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Programs hosts Peter Balakian as he discusses cultural destruction and the Armenian Genocide on Thursday, March 19, at 8:30 p.m., in McCord Auditorium. Sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of DFW, the lecture is free and open to the public.

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SMU LitFest: Featuring an array of readings, receptions and book signings celebrating the creative work of poets, novelists and students, SMU’s LitFest 2015 begins Thursday, March 19 and will continue through Sunday, March 21. Sponsored by SMU’s Department of English, most events will be free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit the SMU LitFest 2015 webpage.

Tate-Willson Lecture: J. Cheryl Exum, professor emerita of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield and a director of Sheffield Phoenix Press, will visit SMU’s Perkins School of Theology as a guest speaker for the 2015-16 Tate-Willson Lectures. Exploring this year’s theme “The Bible and the Arts,” Exum will present a lecture on “Why Bible Readers Should Visit the Art Gallery.” The lecture will take place on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m., in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. For additional information about the 2015 Tate-Willson Lectures, contact the GPRS via email.

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Dr. Michio Kaku visits SMU as a guest speaker for the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 24.

Tate Lecture Series: SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents Michio Kaku on Tuesday, March 24. Currently working to complete Einstein’s unified field theory, Dr. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best selling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist and popularizer of science. The Tate Lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom, with the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum, followed by The Oncor Lecture at 8 p.m., in McFarlin Auditorium. For more information, visit the Tate Series webpage. 

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: SMU Meadows School of the Arts hosts Emily Jacir as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., in O’Donnell Hall. Including a range of diverse media and strategies, Jacir creates works about transformation, questions of translation, resistance and the logic of the archive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sports: Women’s track and field finishes 3rd at 2015 AAC Indoor Championship

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SMU‬ checks in at No. 22 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls after Uconn upset.

Men’s Basketball: The Mustangs’ five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday, March 1, after UConn upset SMU 81-73. The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for their regular-season finale against Tulsa at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs play their final game of the regular season at Memphis Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. SMU first-year Alicia Froling leads the team with 11.5 points per game, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray ranks in the top 10 in the league in rebounds. For live game stats, visit Gametracker powered by CBS Sports.

Equestrian: The Mustangs’ Sunday, March 1 meet against South Dakota was canceled due to inclement weather. The next meet for the Mustangs is on Sunday, March 8, against Oklahoma State.

Football: The Mustangs have finalized their 2015 schedule, announcing the addition of James Madison to the slate for the Centennial Celebration and Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first season under new head coach Chad Morris features seven games on the SMU campus, including Ford Stadium match-ups with in-state rivals Baylor and UNT. To view the full schedule, visit the SMU Mustangs webpage.

Men’s Tennis: The Mustangs picked up another win on Sunday, March 1, defeating Incarnate Word 7-0 at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavilion in the SMU Tennis Complex. SMU returns to the court on Friday, March 6, as it hosts both Sacramento State at 2 p.m., and Texas-Pan American at 6 p.m., at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Track & Field: The Mustangs finished third at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the New Balance Track & Field Center. Finishing with 83 points, the Mustangs were 3.5 points behind second-place UCF and 25 points behind champion Connecticut. Next, the Mustangs will travel to Arkansas on March 13-14 for the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Best-selling author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers Tate Lecture, Feb. 24, 2015

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, best-selling author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will visit SMU on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to deliver the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Goodwin will offer her insight and opinion on current events.

GoodwinDorisKearns_credit Eric LevinAfter earning a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, Goodwin began her career as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House. She later assisted President Johnson in preparation of his memoirs. As a Pulitzer-Prize wining writer of historical biographies, Goodwin has won wide praise for her meticulous, in-depth research and ability to chronicle both the public and private lives of her subjects.

In addition to her six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, Goodwin’s work has also been featured on the big screen. Based in part on her award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Goodwin paired with Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks Studio to create the film Lincoln. The film grossed $275 million at the box office and eared 12 Academy Award nominations, including an Academy Award for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln.

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 Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture are sold out. However, 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 SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series

> For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 18, 2015

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Emanuel Cleaver II visits Perkins Chapel as a guest preacher on Thursday,, Feb. 19th.

The Cultural Realities of Cancer: Visiting SMU under the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Deborah O. Erwin, Director of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will explore “The Cultural Realities of Cancer” and how individuals are impacted by this diagnosis. This free event will take place in the McCord Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information, email Pamela Hogan.

Emanuel Cleaver II: Sponsored by the Perkins School of Theology Black Seminarians Association, U.S. Representative and United Methodist clergyman Emanuel Cleaver II will visit the Perkins Chapel as a guest preacher on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m., during the regular worship service. Celebrating Black History Month, the theme for this worship service is “We’ve Come This Far by Faith and We Won’t Stop Now!” For more information about the chapel service and Rev. Cleaver’s visit, email Ailey Pope, the chair of the Black Seminarians Association at Perkins.  

Godbey Lecture Series: In honor of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Godbey Lecture Series presents “Perspectives on Magna Carta” featuring three SMU professors as they illuminate the history and contribution of the document. The SMU professors include; Jeremy Q. Adams, Professor of History, Joshua Tate, Associate Professor of Law, and Ada-Maria Kuskowski, Assistant Professor of History. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum. While the lecture is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please register online. For more information, visit the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute webpage or email Elizabeth Fieldling. 

Meadows Virtuosi Players: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents “Meadows Virtuosi Players” on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. Formed in 2012, the Meadows Virtuosi Players concert series features select Meadows student musicians performing side-by-side with their faculty colleagues. This Saturday, directors Andrés Diaz and Matt Albert will be joined by Meadows voice faculty member Camille King. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tate Lecture Series: SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents Doris Kearns Goodwin, on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, best-selling author and presidential historian. While The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture is already sold out, SMU students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. 

Research Day 2015: On Wednesday, Feb. 25, SMU graduate and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to present results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. Guests are welcomed to meet over 160 students engaged in research, and discover opportunities for future collaboration and entrepreneurship. The event will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Promenade Ballroom, from 2-5 p.m. For additional information, view the 2015 Research Day Catalog or email Sarah Sage. 

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 12, 2015

10868212_10152652457101981_2527087539809194370_n“The Search for Humanity:” As part of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Friday Morning Lecture Series, Dr. Luis Martin, Professor Emeritus of History, will present a lecture entitled “The Search for Humanity” on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call 214.768.7787. 

Museum Friday Gallery Talk: The SMU Meadows Museum hosts the Museum Friday Gallery Talk featuring “Joaquin Mir’s Allegory” on Friday, Feb. 13 at 12:15 p.m. Free to SMU students, faculty and staff, the Meadows Museum Gallery Talks feature art research and perspectives from local guest speakers and students. For more information, call 214.768.4677.

ESPN GameDay: ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first visit to SMU’s Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 14, prior to SMU’s home game against defending national champion Connecticut at 8 p.m. For additional information, visit the SMU Mustangs Men’s Basketball webpage.

Native American, Grammy Award-Winning singer songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.

Native American, Grammy Award-Winning singer songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.

Joanne Shenandoah: Sponsored by SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Joanne Shenandoah will perform a free concert on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. For more information and to register, visit the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute webpage. 

Stagger LeeThe Dallas Theater Center production of SMU Artist-in-Residence Will Power‘s new musical Stagger Lee will come to an end on Sunday, Feb. 15. Originally premiering in January as part of Will Power’s Meadows Prize residency, Stagger Lee was partially developed in workshops in collaboration with the Meadows School of the Arts. Tickets for Stagger Lee are available for purchase online. 

Coping with Immigration in Germany: From Ignorance to Acceptance?: SMU Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences presents Uwe Hunger in a lecture entitled “Coping with Immigration in Germany: From Ignorance to Acceptance?” on Monday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Tower Center Boardroom, Carr Collins #227. Hunger is an Associate Professor of Political Science from Muenster University in Germany. While this is a free event open to SMU students, faculty and staff, guests are encouraged to RSVP via email to the Tower Center. 

Faculty Chamber Music Recital: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents Liudmila Georgievskaya in the Faculty Chamber Music Recital on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., in Caruth Auditorium. Acclaimed pianists Georgievskaya and Thomas Schwan will give a two-piano recital with Otto Singer’s rarely performed transcriptions of two of Mozarts great works, the Symphonies No. 40 and 41. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

logoFrom Columns to Characters: The Presidency and Press in the Digital Age: Scholars and journalists experienced in the effects of today’s digital reality will visit SMU to examine the evolving nature of the presidency and the press in all-day conference on Tuesday, Feb. 17. While the conference is free and open to the public, guests are encouraged to register online. For more information regarding the conference and conference participants, click here.

 

Sports: Highlights, Feb. 9, 2015

Cannen Cunnigham. SMU Men's Basketball.

Cannen Cunningham. SMU Men’s Basketball.

Men’s Basketball: With a final score of 68-57, No. 23 SMU gave Tulsa its first American Conference loss in 22 games on Saturday, Feb. 7. Leading a 15-0 second-half run, Nic Moore scored 23 points and Cannen Cunningham scored a season-high 16. The Mustangs will take on Houston this Thursday, Feb. 12, followed by a home game against UConn on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs return home after a 70-60 victory at UCF to take on the South Florida Bulls for the second time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. The Bulls won the first meeting 82-59 despite 18 points from freshmen Alicia Froling and 12 from junior Gabrielle Wilkins.

Women’s Equestrian: After holding a 5-4 lead at the midpoint of their meet against TCU, the SMU women’s equestrian team was eventually defeated 11-7 by their crosstown rival on Friday, Feb. 6. With the largest margin of victory in an 83-79 decision, Sylvia de Toledo was named Most Outstanding Performer in equitation over fences for the second time this season. The Mustangs next compete on Sunday, March 1, as they host South Dakota State at the Sleepy P Ranch.

SMU Football coach Hayden Fry to receive the Legends Award.

SMU Football coach Hayden Fry to receive the Legends Award.

Football: The SMU Lettermen’s Board announced that legendary Mustang football coach Hayden Fry will receive the Legends Award. Fry will be the first individual honored with the newly created award at the SMU Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, May 1.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team finished its first round of the spring in 15th place at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida. Evelyn Dole had the best individual round, as she is tied for 14th place after carding a one-under, par 71. Plays resume Monday, Feb. 9. Live scoring can be found here.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU men’s swimming and diving team hosted the Pre-Conference Time Trials on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Carroll ISD Aquatic Center. The Mustangs are now headed into the championship season, as they travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the American Athletic Conference, Feb. 18-21.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team closed the dual-meet season with a 131-112 victory over North Texas on Friday, Feb. 6. Following this victory, the Mustangs hosted UNT and Oklahoma Bapist in a pre-conference time trial exhibition event at the Carroll ISD Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 7. During this exhibition, nine student-athletes were honored as the team celebrated Senior Day. Next, the Mustangs will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the American Athletic Conference Championships, Feb. 18-21.

Men’s Tennis: The SMU Men’s Tennis team picked up two wins during the morning double-header on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Brad and Ann Brookshire Family Indoor Pavillion. The Mustangs started the morning with a 6-0 victory to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Continuing their success, the Mustangs defeated Texas-Permian Basin with a 7-0 victory. SMU’s record is now 6-1 to open the spring season.

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SMU Women’s Volleyball head coach Lisa Seifert.

Women’s Tennis: The SMU Women’s Tennis team will take on Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m., in the Brad and Ann Brookshire Family Indoor Pavillon. Following this match, the Mustangs will end their week with a double-header against Northwestern State and Midwestern State on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Women’s Volleyball: SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced Lisa Seifert has signed a three-year extension to remain head volleyball coach at SMU through the 2017 season. Since the program’s inception in 1966, Seifert has served as the lone coach and is coming off the most successful season in program history with a record 26 winds and just six losses.

Meadows Opera Theatre presents Susannah, Feb. 5-8, 2015

Susannah 6852The award-winning Meadows Opera Theatre opens the 2015 opera season with Susannah, running Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. 

Written by Carlisle Floyd in 1955, Susannah is based loosely on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders. Set in rural Tennessee where the fate of the young town beauty hangs, Susannah explores the plague of religious fundamentalism, intolerance, hypocrisy and prejudice. Weaving together folk tunes, country hymns and haunting melodiesSusannah 3105, Floyd’s American masterpiece tells the timeless tale of desire, lust, seduction and revenge.

The Meadows production is directed by Hank Hammett. American lyric baritone Hammett is an award-winning performer, director, teacher and coach. As an acting coach for singers, Hammett has worked for Broadway and Off-Broadway, in television and film, and the world’s most prestigious opera houses, ranging from The Metropolitan Opera to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Currently, Hammett serves as Director of Opera, Senior Lecturer and Chair of Ensemble Department in Meadows School of the Arts. 

Under the baton of Maestro Paul Phillips, this main stage production is accompanied by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Phillips has served since 1996 as music director and conductor of the Meadows School of the Arts. A native of Dallas, Phillips completed his undergraduate studies at SMU where he studied with James Rives Jones.

Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $7 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787. A full cast list can be found below.

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Libretto and Music by Carlisle Floyd

Feb. 5-8

Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

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  • Producer/Director – Hank Hammett
  • Conductor – Paul Phillips
  • Choreographer – Danny Buraczeski
  • Scenic Designer – Sarah B. Brown (MFA ’15)
  • Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw (MFA ’15)
  • Lighting Designer – Luther Frank (MFA ’15)
  • Vocal Coach/Répétiteur – Jason Smith
  • Supertitles – Opera Supertitles
  • Stage Manner – Suzanne Lavender

Cast 

(in order of vocal appearance)

  • Fiddler – Jiah Kyun
  • Mrs. Gleaton – Julie Martinez* and Dallas Caulkins**
  • Mrs. Ott – Laura Gastinel* and JinYong Kwon**
  • Mrs. Hayes – Courtney Stancil* and Kristen Meyers**
  • Mrs. McLean – Moretta Irchirl* and Arielle Collier**
  • Elder McLean – Frank RosamondSusannah 6984
  • Olin Blitch, an evangelist – Raul Escalona* and Langelihle Mngxati**
  • Elder Hayes – Benjamin Roberts
  • Elder Ott – James Resch
  • Elder Gleaton – Quintin Coleman
  • Susannah Polk – Alissa Roca* and Audra Methvin**
  • Little Bat McLean – Jordan Hammons
  • Sam Polk – Jeawood Lee* and Myles Pinder**
  • First Man – Dennis Wees
  • Second Man – Charles Karanja
  • Townsfolk of New Hope Valley – Jordan Beranek, Regina Joi Branford, Laura Bumgarner, Dallas Caulkins, Arielle Collier, Shannon Conboy, Gabrielle Ferrari, Laura Gastinel, Maggie Harper, Moretta Irchirl, Jenilee Joan, Maya Jones, Charles Karanja, JinYoung Kwon, Vinnie Mahal, Julie Martinez, Kristen Meyers, Brandon Moore, Lauren Pinzás, Kelly Silverthorn, Courtney Stancil, Christian Thrailkill, Kiara Wade, Dennis Wees, Alison Wheaton

* Thursday and Saturday

** Friday and Sunday

All photograph in this article were taken by Kim Leeson. 

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 28, 2015

engaged-learning-logoBig iDeas Demo Day: SMU Engaged Learning concludes Engaged Learning Week with Big iDeas Demo Day on Friday, Jan. 30, 12-5 p.m., in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus. A free buffet lunch and the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners Fair will begin at noon. Next, the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners will compete to receive up to $5,000 in project funding in the Business Plan Competition starting at 2 p.m.  For more information, visit the Engaged Learning webpage or email Susan Kress.

BP DEMO DAY TILECampus Kids’ Day: Following their match versus Sam Houston State at the SMU Tennis Complex, the SMU Women’s Tennis Team will host a free Campus Kids’ Day Clinic on Friday, Jan. 30. Started by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Campus Kids’ Day Clinics expose current and aspiring junior players to college tennis. The match begins at 3 p.m. with the clinic following at approximately 5 p.m. The clinic will be open to kids of all ages. To register for the free clinic, email SMU Women’s Tennis Head Coach Kati Gyulai.

Meadows Community Series:  SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents six community concerts and events as part of its “Meadows Community Series.” Designed to bring Meadows performances into the community, the Meadows Wind Ensemble will start the spring series at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 in Dallas City Performance HallThe series also features concerts by the SYZYGY new music ensemble, Meadows choirs, Meadows Opera Theatre and Meadows Symphony Orchestra, as well as a dance performance and children’s creative movement class at Klyde Warren Park. For additional information and a full schedule of the series, visit the Meadows Community Series webpage.  

Faculty Piano Recital: As part of their faculty performance series, SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents Catharine Lysinger. Lysinger is a senior lecturer and artistic director of the Meadows Piano Preparatory Department. The performance is free, and will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., in Caruth Auditorium. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

ignitelogofinalThe Crain All-University Leadership Conference: Seeking to “ignite” leadership within the SMU community, the 2015 Crain All-University Leadership Conference will take place Feb. 6-7, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Chad Morris, SMU’s new Head Football Coach, and Shanterra McBride, SMU Alumna and founder of Preparing Leaders of Today. For additional information, visit the conference webpage.

SMU celebrates MLK with Dream Week 2015 Jan. 17-22

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SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during Dream Week 2015.

SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Dream Week 2015, Jan. 17-22.

Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the annual observance features a variety of activities, including opportunities for community service and a commemorative walk.

The schedule of events:

Saturday, Jan. 17:

  • Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, 10 a.m., starting at Dallas City Hall. SMU administrators, faculty and students will participate in the City of Dallas’ parade – including SMU President R. Gerald Turner and alumnus Charles Cox, who as a student introduced King when he spoke at the University on March 17, 1966. (Listen to King’s speech at SMU or read the transcriptaudio) Alumni of SMU’s annual spring break Civil Rights pilgrimage, SMU Black Alumni members, SMU Multicultural Student Affairs representatives and SMU student athletes and coaches also will march in the parade. Find more information at MLKCelebrationDallas.org.

Sunday, Jan. 18:

  • SMU Student Coalition for Equity Meeting, 2 p.m., 243 Umphrey Lee Center. The Student Coalition for Equity is a grassroots social justice movement run by and for students. The group addresses issues of social injustice and seeks to create change from the bottom up.

Monday, Jan. 19:

  • MLK Day of Service, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., volunteer meet-up in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at assigned times. SMU students, faculty and staff will join others across the country in a national day of service. Opportunities include preparing the Vickery Meadows Learning Center for the spring semester, building ramps at homes of those with physical disabilities and helping with landscaping at local nonprofit centers. Breakfast, lunch and transportation provided. Cosponsored by SMU’s Community Engagement and Leadership Center. Find more information at smu.edu/volunteer.
  • Free screening of “Selma” for SMU students, 7 p.m., Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station. SMU students can catch a free showing of this 2014 release, just nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, which explores 1965 Alabama as a battleground in the fight for suffrage for African-Americans. The screening will be followed by free pizza and a discussion with experts on the civil rights movement. Sponsored by Morrison-McGinnis Commons; register at tiny.cc/SelmaMoMac.

Tuesday, Jan. 20:

  • SMU Unity Walk, 12:30-1:30 p.m., starting at Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. President R. Gerald Turner and student leaders lead this annual demonstration of the University’s support for MLK’s work. All members of the SMU community are invited to join the walk from the flagpole on Bishop Boulevard to Perkins Chapel.

Wednesday, Jan. 21:

  • Real Talk: Conversations Around Diversity, noon, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West. With a January topic of “Is Your Voice Being Heard? Social media activism: How effective is it?,” this monthly discussion is open to students and other members of the SMU community.
  • Opening reception for Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights, 4-6 p.m., Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. This panel exhibition uses letters, speeches, political cartoons and news articles to showcase the career of the South African anti-apartheid and human rights activist. The exhibit runs in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center, through Feb. 20, 2015. Cosponsored by the SMU Arts + Urbanism Initiative and Embrey Human Rights Program. Find more information at the Meadows School of the Arts News and Events homepage.

Thursday, Jan. 22:

  • Film screening, “Mountains That Take Wings: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama”, 6:30 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West. Based on exchanges in 1996 and 2008 between professor and writer Angela Davis and grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama, the film showcases the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Sponsored by SMU’s Women and LGBT Center.

For more information, contact SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 214-768-4580.

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