A Monday Celebration of Lights kicks off SMU’s 2013 holiday season

C. Michael Hawn

A Monday Celebration of Lights kicks off SMU’s 2013 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 on the Main Quad.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Children of Perkins faculty and staff members will join Dean William Lawrence and Associate Dean Evelyn Parker as readers for the services. The program also features music from the Perkins Seminary Singers directed by C. Michael Hawn; Meadows School of the Arts’ women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce (4 p.m.), directed by Robert Ward; the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Youth Chorus (8 p.m.) directed by Kelly Pfaffenberger; and Perkins organist Christoper Anderson. Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

November 25, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

2010 Christmas Worship Service offers a fresh approach to an SMU tradition

Stock photo of a Christmas wreathC. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, is planning a change-up for this year’s Christmas Worship Service. The annual service takes place at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in the University’s Perkins Chapel.

The popular service, usually celebrated in the tradition of A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols since 1992, has been modified this year for what Hawn considers a “fresh approach” to an annual SMU tradition.

“This year’s services offer a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world,” Hawn says. He notes that three of the four canticles from the book of Luke mention peace.

“Drawing especially from the Canticles of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and of the Angels (Luke 2:14),” Hawn adds, “the choral and congregational song will view the Advent season through various perspectives on peace.”

As for the changes, Hawn noted that the Nine Lessons program had become “predictable” and that it was time for something new.

“It’s going to have more of a theological theme this year rather than the ‘Nine Lessons’ structure, which has done well for us since 1992 but seems a little outdated now. It will still have the same feel this year, but I don’t think it will be as predictable this time.”

Musicians for the service include the Seminary Singers, directed by Hawn, and the Meadows Chorale, directed by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Christopher S. Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as the organist for these services.

Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets will join the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

The worship services are free and open to the public, with free parking available on Bishop Boulevard.

For more information, visit the Perkins website or contact Michael Hawn, 214-768-2348.

November 30, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

For the Record: Summer 2008

Kamal Saggi, Economics, has been appointed to the World Bank’s Steering Committee of the Global Trade and Financial Architecture Project (Phase II): Meeting the Challenges of Economic Integration for Poor Countries. The project is supported by the Department for International Development, a part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of poverty. The project will identify priorities of international cooperation that can help support the process of globalization by enhancing its inclusiveness and sustainability. The Committee will be chaired by the former President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo.

Alice Kendrick, Advertising, was named the 2008 Distinguished Advertising Educator by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The award recognizes “the best advertising professors in the country.”

C. Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its annual meeting July 13-17, 2008, in Berkeley, CA. The honor recognized “his international work as a troubadour of congregational song and his significant contributions to The Society.”

Santanu Roy, Economics, organized a two-day conference on economic theory July 19-20, 2008, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He presented a paper on problems of trading over time in markets for durable goods where buyers are less informed than sellers about the quality of goods to be traded.

Roy also delivered a lecture, “Non-classical Economic Growth Theory: Some Lessons,” to social and environmental scientists in the research division of the Environmental Defense Fund on Aug. 11, 2008, in New York. In addition, he presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Canadian Economic Association, June 6-8, 2008, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The paper analyzed questions related to inferring product quality from prices and the effect of strategic competition between firms.

Ali Alibhai, a graduate student in medieval studies, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study art and architectural history in Morocco in 2009. He will study religious lamps and the evolution of lighting in medieval Islamic societies. He hopes to examine and catalog the few surviving church bells captured by Muslims during the Middle Ages and transformed into lamps for mosques, where they still hang. Read more from SMU News.

Brittney Titus, a junior corporate communications and public affairs major, was named 2008 Intern of the Year as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program for her work as the junior volunteer coordinator at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. During her internship, Titus supervised 65 high school volunteers, planning all aspects of their placements from training to activities, fundraisers and educational field trips.

August 29, 2008|For the Record|
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