For the Record: March 30, 2011

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For the Record: March 30, 2011

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, has received the 2011-12 Maguire Teaching Fellow Award from SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He will design a course entitled “Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence.”

Taylor Reed, a sophomore communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, has been named one of the top two national winners of the 2011 PRWeek Student of the Year competition. Reed received an honorable mention and $1,000. The awards were announced at the annual PRWeek Awards dinner and ceremony March 10 in New York City.

The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a communications campaign around a brand or company that demonstrates the student’s writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach and creativity. Reed’s concept for SanDisk Corporation – “Life’s extreme. Shouldn’t your photos be, too?” – was designed to target the campaign’s college-student demographic by appealing to a love of extreme sports indicated by research. Reed completed her campaign as part of required coursework for an Introduction to Public Relations class taught by Christy Baily-Byers, APR. Read more from SMU News.

Brittany Levingston, a first-year premajor in English in Dedman College, won the top novice of the year at the 36th Mid-America Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships Tournament March 12-14 in Kansas City. The competition is the oldest and most prestigious novice and junior varsity national tournament in the nation. The award recognizes the top novice from the entire year of debate activity across the nation. CEDA is the largest college policy debate community in the United States.

SMU had the largest squad of novice teams at this year’s national tournament with four novice teams. The University’s debate teams are coached by Tim Glass, director Ben Voth and assistant director Chris Salinas. The debate program is part of the Communication Studies division in Meadows School of the Arts. In 2010, Salinas received the Dick Stine coaching award for the top JV coach of the year at the tournament. Read more from SMU News.

March 30, 2011|For the Record|

Meadows symposium focuses on human rights with filmmaker Patrick Mureithi

Patrick MureithiAward-winning documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi (pictured right) is the special guest for SMU’s third annual Communicating Excellence Symposium, “Better Communication for Better Leaders on Human Rights.” The Division of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts presents the 2011 symposium March 7-9 in Owen Arts Center.

The three-day symposium focuses on communication issues affecting the struggle for human rights. Mureithi will host a screening of his film ICYIZERE: hope, a documentary about a gathering of survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Mureithi, who currently serves as artist-in-residence at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, will lead a discussion after the 55-minute screening.

All symposium events are open to the public. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Rebecca Hewitt, 214-768-1574.

Symposium schedule:

Monday, March 7 – Lecture: “Death as a Text: The Rhetoric of Genocide”
7 p.m. reception – Greer Garson Theatre, Mezzanine Lobby – Second Floor
7:30 p.m. lecture – Greer Garson Theatre, Room 3527 – Third Floor
Ben Voth, chair of the Division of Communication Studies, will address communication’s role in creating, containing and resolving the international problems of genocide and “eliminationism.”

Tuesday, March 8 – Debate: “U.S. intervention in humanitarian crises?”
7 p.m. debate – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
The SMU debate team will discuss the pros and cons of a possible new U.S. policy of humanitarian intervention.

Wednesday, March 9 – Film ICYIZERE: hope and discussion with guest filmmaker Patrick Mureithi
7 p.m. screening – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8:30 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Mureithi, a Kenyan native, traveled to Rwanda to film a gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. ICYIZERE: hope documents the experiences of the participants as they are taught about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and go through a series of group exercises to help build trust. The film also explores how the media was used to incite fear, hatred and ultimately genocide, and the filmmaker’s belief that media can similarly be used to unite and to heal. The film has been shown to audiences throughout Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States and has received widespread acclaim.

March 7, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

For the Record: Sept. 24, 2009

Anita Ingram, Risk Management, has been elected 2009-10 treasurer of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), an organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of risk management in higher education. She and other new officers were inducted at URMIA’s 40th annual national conference Sept. 15 in Nashville.

Students in the Division of Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, have received a 2009 Best of Show commendation from the Center for Innovation in College Media. The news segment “Students Reflect on Chaotic Inauguration Day,” originally broadcast by The Daily Mustang on Jan. 21, 2009, was named Best Breaking News Package.

Students Tyler Murray, Jessica Huseman and Reem Tahir won 7 of their 10 debates at the University of Northern Iowa Debate Tournament Sept. 19-21, 2009. The debate topic concerned U.S. policy regarding the use of nuclear weapons. Murray and Huseman argued a unique affirmative case offering a U.S. apology for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which was undefeated at the tournament. Tahir finished 3rd in the novice division in her first collegiate debate competition. The SMU debate teams are coached by faculty members Ben Voth and Chris Salinas, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts. Read more from SMU News.

September 24, 2009|For the Record|

SMU, Wiley College keep a date to debate – 74 years later

SMU and Wiley College debate, Feb. 25, 2009On Feb. 25, 2009, SMU and Wiley College kept an appointment made nearly 75 years ago. A debate team from Wiley – the historically black college in Marshall, Texas, that became famous with the 2007 film “The Great Debaters” – visited the University for a contest on the topic of whether to shut down the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

SMU extended the original invitation to Wiley in 1935; it would have been the first time a white school hosted a debate against a black college. But that debate was canceled, possibly because of Wiley coach Melvin B. Tolson‘s arrest for civil rights activism.

The SMU team won the 2009 competition, 3-0. Yet “just in having this debate we are all winners,” said Ben Voth, director of SMU’s Speech and Debate Program and associate professor of corporate communications and public affairs in Meadows School of the Arts. “We have overcome a history of racism and divisiveness.” Voth serves on the advisory board for Wiley’s debate program and has taught workshop seminars at Wiley to prepare the college’s new team.

Read more and watch a video courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

(Above, debate team members from Wiley College and SMU congratulate each other after the competition Feb. 25. Photo by Kim Ritzenthaler.)

March 3, 2009|News|

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2008

hidden-in-america-150.jpgTuition benefits applications due: The deadline for submitting Spring 2009 tuition benefits applications is Nov. 18. Find forms, schedules and a downloadable Tuition Benefits Handbook at SMU’s Human Resources website.

Stamping out hunger: In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Month, SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement partners with the North Texas Food Bank and the Resounding Harmony chorus to present the 1996 film “Hidden in America” starring Beau and Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand. Bring two nonperishable food items for the Food Bank and be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Resounding Harmony benefit concert Nov. 24 in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. Food items collected will be donated to the SMU Helps Close the Gap campaign, sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy.

Fall Dance Concert continues: The 2008 Meadows Fall Dance Concert continues with masterworks by renowned choreographers Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle and Eleo Pomare set to music ranging from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Coltrane. Performances take place Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Is image everything? How important is image at SMU, and how do image and stereotypes influence our daily lives? Join the Ethics Design Team of SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to discuss the ethics of image and the public personae of college students at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Fall Dance Concert 2008Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, presents its inaugural concert to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The concert is part of a 3-week campaign organized by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy to raise funds and food supplies in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

“Great” expectations: SMU hosts a special screening of a new documentary by Dallas-based AMS Pictures. “The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College” begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Inspired by the Hollywood film “The Great Debaters,” the documentary tells the true story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate team and their defeat of the reigning national champions. The screening is co-sponsored by SMU’s Division of Cinema-Television, the Association of Black Students, Program Council Films, Student Filmmakers Association, and Ben Voth, Director of Forensics. Admission is free.

The element of fire: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the U.S. premiere of The Intercourse of Fire and Water (Yi1) for cello and orchestra as part of its latest program, “The Elements: Fire,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. The piece – written by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composer Tan Dun – will feature guest soloist Andrés Díaz, international recording artist and Meadows faculty member. Also on the program are Haydn’s Fire Symphony and Liszt’s symphonic poem Prometheus. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

In McFarlin Auditorium:
Nov. 14-15: TITAS presents the Dallas debut of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.

November 13, 2008|Calendar Highlights|
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