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Living the dream: SMU celebrates MLK Day 2012 all week

SMU Celebrates Dream WeekSMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Dream Week 2012 Jan. 16-19. Sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the annual observance features a variety of activities throughout the week, including opportunities for community service and a commemorative walk.

This year’s schedule includes the traditional Day of Service Monday, Jan. 16, with volunteer projects taking place at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas LIFE and the Genesis Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.

The Dream Week kickoff event is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Featured speakers are Dennis Simon, Political Science, and Rick Halperin, Human Rights Education.

The University’s annual Unity Walk will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, starting at the Main Quad flagpole. SMU President R. Gerald Turner will offer remarks. That evening at 7:30 p.m., the SMU Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives will present a screening of Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. The award-winning documentary examines the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s from the point of view of the women who lived it and helped lead it.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, the Willson Lecture Series of SMU’s Office of the Chaplain presents Daniel White Hodge speaking on “The Hostile Gospel: Seeking the Theological Sensibilities Within Hip-Hop Culture.” The lecture takes place in the Hughes-Trigg Forum followed by a brown-bag discussion at 11:30 a.m. in Hughes-Trigg Promenades A and B.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at SMU, March 17, 1966This week, SMU also recalls Dr. King’s speech to a standing-room-only crowd in McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966. SMU News offers these related links:

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Calendar Highlights: Dec. 13, 2011

Stock photo of a blue ornamentAs the days dwindle down to a precious few, here are some notable dates for the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012:

  • Dec. 16The Guildhall at SMU Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation, SMU-in-Plano. Paul Barnett, senior creative director of BioWare Mythic and the guiding force behind the critically acclaimed MMO game Warhammer Online, will deliver the graduation keynote speech.
  • Dec. 17: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees.
  • Dec. 17: All-University December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum. Business and civic leader and SMU Trustee Carl Sewell (’66) will give the address. Faculty members may RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and processional.
  • Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012: University holidays.
  • Jan. 3-12J Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano.

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftSMUSA plays Santa: The SMU Staff Association continues to collect gifts for United Way partner Children’s Medical Center of Dallas until Dec. 14, 2011. The Staff Association is accepting “ABCs” – action figures and dolls or their accessories; board games or handheld games and puzzles; and cards (as in gift cards, to child-friendly stores). Check the most current list of drop-off locations for the one nearest you.

Fine forgiveness: The Central University Libraries 2011 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 16. Every gift of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines assessed from November 2011 onward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off donations at any listed library.

Book cover of 'Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life' by Stephen W. RankinCelebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2011 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Signed and sealed: SMU Chaplain Steve Rankin will sign his new book, Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life, from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Logos Bookstore, 6620 Snider Plaza. In this work, published by Wipf and Stock, Rev. Dr. Rankin draws from the Scriptures, from popular biblical interpretation, and from his own work as a teacher and minister to make the case for spiritual maturity. For more information, call the Chaplain’s Office at 214-768-4502.



Calendar Highlights: Mar. 7, 2011

Dr. RankinMost important Wednesday of the year: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life will lead the 2011 Ash Wednesday service at noon Wednesday, March 9 in Perkins Chapel. All are welcome to attend.

Rescheduled lecture: As posted in Calendar Highlights before the epic February snowstorms, Dr. Stephen Rankin (pictured) will present a Willson Lecture titled “Seeking a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher Education.” The rescheduled lecture will take place at noon Thursday, March 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. The lecture is free for all to attend; lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit the a Office of the Chaplain’s website.

A concert for the road: Meadow Symphony Orchestra is putting together one more concert this week before Spring Break begins. At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Meyerson Symphony Center, the MSO will present Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, also known as “The Prague.” Also included will be Austrian composer Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 in its entirety. Tickets are available through both the Meadows box office and the Meyerson itself. Prices are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, call the Meadows box office at 214-768-ARTS (214-SMU-ARTS).

Sun MaskCreate treasure from trash, receive new bike: SMU’s 2011 Art of Recycling Contest is officially open to all participants. For one week, people with a mind towards unusual art can create made up of items that would otherwise end up in the trash can as a reminder of what can be recycled in this world but often isn’t. Among the rules: 75% of the artwork must consist of reused items that would otherwise be regarded as trash; the artwork should not exceed 4 feet by 4 feet; and each entry should include a list of the reused materials and its theme (if applicable), title and artist contact information. The submission deadline is Friday, March 11. All entries and related information should be brought to the first floor of the Laura Lee Blanton Building. Winners will be notified by March 21, and their artwork will be on display at the RFoC cafeteria at Umphrey Lee. The SMU Sustainability Committee, who is sponsoring the event, will donate one Dahon Folding Bike (valued at $500) to the winner of the contest. For more details about the Art of Recycling Contest, contact Kelly Milazzo, 214-768-0495. (Pictured right: “Big Sun Mask” by Diane Kurzyna, an entry from last year’s contest.)

There will be no Calendar Highlights for the upcoming Spring Break week. Have a safe and fun holiday, wherever you may end up!

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 25, 2011

T.D. JakesTate returns: 2011’s first Tate Distinguished Lecture features “America’s Best Preacher,” Bishop T.D. Jakes (pictured right), who isn’t shy about his feelings on the growing polarization in today’s politics. Jakes’ topic for the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 25 is “Seeking Common Good in the Midst of Growing Diversity,” in which the leader of the Dallas-based Potter’s House megachurch (30,000+ members) will tackle the increasing heat in American politics. The lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Students who want to attend are advised to meet in the McFarlin basement at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for the lecture and can be purchased by calling the Tate office at 214-768-8283.

Never forget: The Office of the Chaplain and the Embrey Human Rights Program will jointly host a memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust to commemorate the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The service will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Atriums C-D, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, visit the Embrey Human Rights Program website at smu.edu/humanrights.

Football eternal: As the Packers and Steelers prepare to end the NFL season with a trip to Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV, Meadows Museum hosts a concurrent exhibit for football lovers to get their fix as the offseason approaches. Acclaimed photographer Laura Wilson‘s 11-year study of a popular regional variation of America’s sport will be highlighted in “Grit and Glory: Six-Man Football,” a portfolio of Texas’ minimalistic approach to the game covered from 1991 to 2002. Wilson’s unassuming, close-up technique for this collection parallels the intensity of the small sport and traces its historical significance within the state. The exhibit will open Sunday, Jan. 30th and will run through April 23. Admission is free and open to the public, and the exhibit will be available during normal Meadows Museum hours. For more information, call 214-768-2516.

Leading the way: The Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin, University chaplain since 2009, will speak on “Seeking a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher Education” in the next installment of the Willson Lecture Series Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m.; the lecture follows at noon. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, 214-768-4502

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 27, 2010

Charles CurranChurch controversy: SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility has promoted the upcoming lecture by Charles Curran as the story of a man raised within the Catholic church who famously clashed with many of its leaders on just about every social issue possible, including premarital sex, masturbation, contraception, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, euthanasia, and in vitro fertilization. The tipping point came for Curran in 1986, where he was ousted from teaching at Catholic University of America schools despite having tenure. (The man responsible for Curran getting the boot? Josef Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI.) Curran (right), now SMU’s Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, speaks about his challenges as a “black sheep” of the Catholic family in “The U.S. Catholic Bishops and Abortion Legislation: A Critique from within the Church” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information, call 214-768-4255.

Service of Memory: The University’s annual Service of Memory will take place at noon Thursday, Oct. 28 in Perkins Chapel. The service honors SMU community members who have passed away during the past year and is organized by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology.

A future for books? Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon are hosting a special lecture by the Director of Rare Book School and University of Virginia professor Michael F. Suarez, S. J. on the future stock of old-fashioned books and their “digital surrogate” replacements. In this lecture, Suarez will show the ways in which our changing technological and cultural times are determining the way we view text formation and comprehension itself. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Free parking is available for this event only in the Meadows Museum Parking Garage. Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required – respond online or call 214-768-3483.

Prado at the Meadows logoSpanish flair: SMU’s Meadows Museum hosts a faculty/staff reception celebrating its “Prado at the Meadows” partnership with Madrid’s renowned Prado Museum. Freixenet wines, hors d’oeuvres and Spanish guitar music will be provided. The party is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in the Museum.

Modern MSO: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra takes a stroll through more (relatively) modern composers for its second show of the season, with pieces by Soviet-born Giya Kancheli, French composer Henri Tomasi, and Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Dallas Symphony player and faculty member John Kitzman is the featured trombone soloist on the Tomasi piece, aptly titled Concerto for Trombone. The performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 16, 2010

Showing their work: SMU graduate students will present their research in engineering and the natural and social sciences – and get valuable experience working with the formats they will use as professionals – during the University’s 2010 Research Day Feb. 16 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Poster presentations take place 2-4:30 p.m., and oral presentations from 12:30-4 p.m. An award of $250 will be given to the best presentation from each department with more than three presenters in attendance. Sponsored by Dean James Quick, Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For more information, contact Phyllis Payne, 214-768-4336.

Ash Wednesday service: The 2010 Lenten season begins with SMU’s ecumenical Ash Wednesday service beginning at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 17 in Perkins Chapel. University Chaplain Stephen Rankin will deliver the day’s message, “Testing Our Treasure.” The service is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, visit the Chaplain’s Office website.

Test your metal: SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble kicks off its spring performance schedule with “Heavy Metal,” an evening of works written for metal instruments. The program includes music by Gunther Schuller, Augusta Read Thomas, John Cage, Johann Hummel and SMU Professor Martin Sweidel – with a possible encore featuring the music of Metallica. The show begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Clements Center 2010 Symposium poster artClements Center Public Symposium: The family histories of the American West will be the focus of the 2009-10 Annual Public Symposium presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. “On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West” is cosponsored by the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center and the Clements Center. It will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 214-768-3684.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 27, 2009

Perkins ChapelService of Memory: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology invite faculty, staff and students to honor the University community members who have passed away in 2009 during the annual Service of Memory at noon Oct. 28 in Perkins Chapel.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Biblical studies expert Marvin Sweeney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology in California, will discuss “Reading the Bible after the Holocaust” in SMU’s 7th Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Clements Center Lecture: Bob Moser, editor of the Texas Observer and an award-winning political reporter for The Nation, will discuss his new book on how changing attitudes and shifting demographics have created the potential for a Democratic Party revival in the South. “Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority” begins at noon Oct. 29 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch; books will be available for purchase. Presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Geurin-Pettus Program in the Department of Political Science, and DeGolyer Library.

'The Wizard of Waxahachie' book coverInside baseball: Author Warren Corbett visits SMU Oct. 29 to discuss The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It, his new book on the life and 60-year baseball career of a Texan who became one of major league baseball’s legends, published by SMU Press. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room; lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Presented by SMU Press, DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

Tech talk: SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) presents its first annual Technology Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level. Meet vendor representatives; attend sessions on security, software and applications such as Locker and Office; or visit the Blackboard Help Desk and the Cell Phone First Aid table. The festivities include giveaways and a drawing for a USB hub. For more information, visit the OIT website.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: The season’s second concert features Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major with international artist and Meadows faculty member Joaquín Achúcarro as soloist, as well as Above Light – a conversation with Toru Takemitsu by new Meadows faculty member Xi Wang and Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber by Hindemith. The music starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 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).

Nearly 50 will make 2009 Civil Rights Pilgrimage March 6

Lawrence Huggins with the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2008Nearly 50 SMU community members will leave campus March 6 for a journey into living history. The 2009 Civil Rights Pilgrimage departs at 3 p.m. for an 8-day bus ride to the South’s civil rights landmarks.

This year’s contingent includes 18 undergraduates and 8 Master of Liberal Studies students, as well as 20 staff and other SMU community members, says Dennis Simon. Simon and Matthew Wilson, both associate professors of political science in SMU’s Dedman College, will make the pilgrimage, along with CRP Trip Coordinator Ray Jordan of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life.

Participants “will meet and talk with the keepers of history,” says Simon, whose undergraduate course “Basic Issues in American Democracy” includes a focus on civil rights issues. “This trip helps to achieve what I call immersion – students will see and experience what they’ve been studying in my class.”

The 8-day journey includes stops in Little Rock, Arkansas; Selma (for the Bloody Sunday anniversary), Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama; Oxford, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Watch the SMU Forum for more news about the 2009 Pilgrimage. (Above, 2008 pilgrimage participants visit Brown Chapel AME Church where the Selma-to-Montgomery marches were staged and to which marchers retreated on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. Coach Lawrence Huggins, a teacher at the time of the marches, is standing in front of the group.)

Learn more about the Civil Rights Pilgrimage at the SMU Chaplain’s website

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 2, 2008

Sweet Honey in the RockFast times: The Meadows Wind Ensemble presents “A Short Ride to Motown!” at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Art and Soul 2008: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (top right) at 7:30 p.m Oct. 3 in The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The concert is part of Art & Soul 2008, a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Tickets are $20-$45 and are available from www.ticketmaster.com and at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 214-373-8000.

Marcus BuckinghamFind your strengths: SMU Cox Executive Education and External Affairs welcome career success expert and 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecturer Marcus Buckingham (bottom right) for a special presentation to the SMU community. “The Truth About You” takes place at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium, and special ticket pricing is available for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 8-4174.

Culture and revolt: Dedman College’s Graduate Program in Religious Studies presents David N. Hempton, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, in the 2008 Tate-Willson Lectures. Hempton will speak on “Culture Wars: George Eliot and Fundamentalism” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and “Artists in Revolt: Vincent van Gogh and James Baldwin” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120. The lectures are free and open to the public.

About the journey: SMU hosts producer Morgan Atkinson in a screening of his film “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, Catholic Campus Ministry, Pax Christi and the Maria Kannan Zen Center.

Chaplain Will Finnin to retire Dec. 31

William M. Finnin Jr., SMU’s chaplain and minister for 28 years, has announced his intention to retire effective Dec. 31, 2008.

Appointed by SMU President James Zumberge in 1980, Finnin founded the SMU Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist campus ministry. He also helped develop the University’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the Journey of Remembrance, a human rights seminar to the Nazi death camps of Poland.

Aside from Finnin’s many contributions to SMU’s programs and services, “it is the personal relationships and hours of pastoral care for which he will most be remembered,” wrote SMU President R. Gerald Turner in an e-mail to the University community. “During difficult times, countless numbers of students and their families, faculty, and staff have received an encouraging word, a warm and understanding spirit, and a strong shoulder.”

Finnin will be on study leave beginning July 1 and plans to remain active as a United Methodist minister after his SMU retirement. The search for a new University chaplain will begin later this summer.

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