Things we did this summer

Dallas County teens dance in 'Our Book of Life'The Meadows School of the Arts hosted Our Book of Life and Reflections of Life, featuring art, poetry, music and performance by at-risk youth from all over Dallas County. The performance and art exhibit were staged by Creative Solutions, a partnership between the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Big Thought.

“It is important to let our young people know that where you have been does not determine who you can become,” said Meadows Dean José Antonio Bowen. “[We are] proud to be part of the most successful program in the country for youth under pressure and allow them to dream beyond their environment. These students have great potential, and all they need is for someone to believe in them.”

Nearly 144 girls entering grades 8 through 12 attended SMU’s Engineering Camp for Girls in June. The camp is part of the University’s Gender Parity Initiative directed by Betsy Willis, a program of the Institute for Engineering Education at SMU designed to help fill a projected shortage of engineers by recruiting girls and women to their ranks. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

TrampasFront-Eiseley-125.jpgSMU-in-Taos students helped restore the historic San Jose de Gracia Catholic Church in Las Trampas, New Mexico, tearing down a deteriorating adobe wall surrounding the church’s cemetery and patching the exterior adobe walls. The project was part of Adam Herring‘s class on “Art and Architecture of Hispanic New Mexico.” Read more from The Albuquerque Journal. (Right, at work with senior art history major Eiseley Tauginas, who blogged about her SMU-in-Taos experiences for the University’s Student Adventures site. Photo courtesy of The Albuquerque Journal.)