Condoleezza Rice will be SMU’s 97th Commencement speaker

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Condoleezza Rice will be SMU’s 97th Commencement speaker

Condoleezza RiceFormer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the address at SMU’s 97th Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Moody Coliseum.

SMU expects to award approximately 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the University-wide ceremony. Rice will receive one of two honorary degrees to be conferred in the ceremony.

Rice has achieved prominence in both government service and higher education. She currently holds three positions at Stanford University: professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political science.

“Dr. Rice has led a distinguished career as a scholar, academic administrator and public official,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As a public official, she served our country during a time of unique challenges. As a teacher-scholar, she is devoted to the education of talented young people. She is well suited to provide compelling and wide-ranging perspectives as SMU’s Commencement speaker.”

Rice earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a Master’s from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her academic career began in 1981 when she joined the Stanford faculty. A dedicated teacher, she has received two of the university’s highest teaching awards. She rose through the faculty ranks to serve as Stanford provost from 1993-99, the first woman and first African American to hold that position.

Rice’s first experience in government service came in 1989, when she left Stanford for Washington to serve for two years on the National Security Council staff under President George H.W. Bush. She was the president’s special assistant for national security affairs during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany.

After returning to Stanford in 1991, Rice served as provost for six years before again joining public service on the staff of President George W. Bush. She was the president’s national security adviser from 2001-05. She then served from 2005-09 as the nation’s 66th secretary of state, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post.

Rice currently serves as chair of the Board of Advisers of the Bush Institute, part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

Philosopher Nancy CartwrightDuring the 2012 Commencement ceremony, SMU will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Rice and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon Nancy Cartwright (right), considered one of the most important and influential contemporary philosophers of science. Cartwright, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

The author of seven books, Cartwright has produced path-breaking work on issues such as the nature of physical laws, causation and scientific reasoning. She is a pioneer of today’s practice-based philosophy of science and helped develop the philosophy of social policy, economics, sociology, medicine, epidemiology and political science.

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March 28, 2012|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News|

Sept. 1 deadline for Fall 2011 Bush Presidential Center student internships

George W. Bush Presidential Center logoThe Office of George W. Bush and the George W. Bush Presidential Center are seeking SMU students for unpaid Fall 2011 internships. The deadline for application is 5 p.m. Central time Thursday, Sept. 1, extended from the original deadline of Aug. 26.

Undergraduate positions are available in foundation administration; event planning; development and donor relations; marketing and communications; and for Bush Institute departments including Education Reform, Human Freedom, Global Health, Economic Growth, the Women’s Initiative, and the Military Service Initiative.

Internship opportunities are also available in Washington, D.C, at the office of the Executive Director of the Bush Institute.

Graduate-level internships are available with the Education Reform and Editorial teams.

Rising juniors, seniors or graduate students currently enrolled at SMU with GPAs of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Interns must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Students can find a complete list of requirements and apply online at employment.georgewbushcenter.com (enter keyword internship). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information, contact the Office of George W. Bush, 214-692-4300.

August 29, 2011|News, Save the Date|

Tune In: The SMU year in review, 2010-11

SMU’s 2010-11 centennial year featured epic moments from beginning to end, from groundbreaking for the Bush Presidential Library to fireworks at the inaugural Founders’ Day celebration.

Eva Parks of SMU News has packed the excitement into a video year in review – from the Class of 2014’s Move-in Day in August to 2011 Commencement in May. Click the YouTube screen to start viewing, or watch the HD SMU Year in Review in a new window. video

June 1, 2011|Tune In|

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 1, 2009

Meadows Opera TheatreHoliday high notes: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents an Opera Free For All “On the Eve of Christmas,” featuring scenes set on Christmas Eve from Massenet’s Werther and Act II of Puccini’s La Bohème. The brown-bag concert begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Musical rites: Meadows faculty members Emanuel Borok, violin, and Andrés Díaz, cello, will join the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. The orchestra’s final program of 2009 will open with Dvorak’s Amid Nature overture and conclude with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

The Sharp Show from the SMU Meadows Division of DanceSharp moves: Meadows School of the Arts presents The Sharp Show, an annual showcase of outstanding works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Sharp Studio, Room B100, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 214-768-2718.

Lunch with Friends: George W. Bush Presidential Library Director Alan C. Lowe will present the program at the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon annual holiday luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville Avenue. The cost is $35 for Friends members, $50 for non-members. Valet parking provided. RSVP by Dec. 3 to Cynthia Ruppi, 214-768-3225.

December 1, 2009|Calendar Highlights|
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