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SMU experts, organizations teach an electoral college in 2012

Stock photo of 'Vote' buttonsA host of Election 2012 events at SMU will offer opportunities for enlightenment, discussion and debate as election day approaches. Understand what makes presidents tick, analyze election issues and discuss the presidential debates at SMU events open to the community as well as students, faculty and staff.

A small sampling:

Texas Faith Public Forum: Perkins School of Theology Dean William Lawrence will join a panel of journalists and North Texas pastors of diverse faith traditions to discuss how the 2012 election is helping to define the national interest. “Elections and the Common Good” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. The panel will be moderated by Dallas Morning News editorial columnist William McKenzie and senior political writer Wayne Slater of the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. Free and open to the public.

• Presidential Debate Series: View the televised presidential debates in SMU’s O’Donnell Recital Hall, then participate in debates about them moderated by faculty and members of the SMU Speech and Debate Program. Events are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3Thursday, Oct. 11Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 22. All are free, and all begin at 7 p.m.

Election 2012 Preview: Political science professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Matthew Wilson will discuss the trends, issues and voter groups critical in determining the outcomes of various races in a Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Oct. 15. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

Secrets From the White House Kitchen: Recipes, anecdotes and samples of White House kitchen fare are on the menu when Secrets from the White House Kitchens author John R. Hanny III speaks, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The evening includes a lecture, signed book and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $99. Register online through SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education site.

The Economy and Election Outcomes: Which economic outcomes seem to matter most to voters? Do macroeconomic fluctuations exhibit cycles related to the electoral cycle? Economics professor Nathan Balke discusses economic implications for the November elections in “It’s Always ‘The Economy, Stupid’” – a Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Oct. 29. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

Election 2012 Analysis: Political science professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Matthew Wilson assess turning points in presidential and congressional campaigns and analyze voting results in this Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Nov. 12. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

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SMU-in-Taos: Upcoming classes for students and adult learners

23099D_145-3.jpg SMU-in-Taos, the University’s campus in northern New Mexico, is accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2010.

SMU-in-Taos has offered summer education programs tailored to the region’s unique cultural and natural resources since 1973. The campus launched a fall term in 2009, thanks to new and renovated casitas and other improvements that made the facilities usable in all seasons. During the fall term, students take 12 to 19 hours of courses that meet core undergraduate requirements in four “blocks.”

“Living in Taos has helped me really understand, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be part of a community,” says sophomore Lauren Rodgers, who participated in the first fall term. “I have one-on-one lessons with professors whose sole reason for being in Taos is me. The extremely small class sizes translate to amazing flexibility. And where else can you count shooting stars on your walk to the library?”

Adult learners can experience the unique environment of SMU-in-Taos during the University’s 2010 Taos Cultural Institute, scheduled for July 22-25. Courses taught by distinguished SMU faculty include archaeology, history, art and textiles, religion and regional wine and cooking. Classes and field trips are limited in size to allow for deeper discussions and individual attention.

For more information, e-mail the Cultural Institute or call 214-768-8267. For more information about summer and fall terms at SMU-in-Taos, call 214-768-3657.

Read about Taos scholarship opportunities in The Daily Campus.
• Read student blogs from SMU-in-Taos on the Student Adventures site, including Lydia, Rachel, and CJ

Legacy no longer: SMU’s Plano campus gets a new name

smu-in-plano-logo-300.jpgKnown for a dozen years as SMU-in-Legacy, the University’s campus located in Plano’s Legacy Business Park is aptly changing its name to the more familiar SMU-in-Plano.

Festivities to celebrate the name change begin Oct. 29 with a 4 p.m. reception featuring SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Plano Mayor Phil Dyer at the SMU-in-Plano campus, 5232 Tennyson Parkway. A Community Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30-31, to which all SMU faculty and staff are invited. Saturday will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids. For more information, visit

Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director, cites several factors for the switch. “This new moniker distinguishes the campus from the nearby commercial development called ‘The Campus at Legacy,’ which has proved confusing,” she says. “The school is located on Tennyson Parkway, not Legacy Drive, and SMU has a sister campus in New Mexico called SMU-in-Taos, so it makes sense to have both reflect the city in which they reside.”

The Plano campus opened in 1997 to offer SMU’s resources to working professionals in the growing Collin County area who wished to strengthen their careers through higher education. Today some 800 graduate students are enrolled at the campus, pursuing master’s degrees or professional certificates through programs including the Cox Professional M.B.A., counseling, dispute resolution, teacher education and engineering. The digital game design Master’s program at The Guildhall at SMU attracts students from across the United States and internationally.

Beginning in January 2010, SMU-in-Plano will add two more programs: the Master of Liberal Studies degree, offered through the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and the Graduate Marketing Certificate Program, offered by the Cox School of Business.

In addition to graduate degrees and certificate programs, SMU-in-Plano offers noncredit courses for adults through the Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, such as photography, financial planning and test preparation. Summer programs include the Advanced Placement Institute for teachers, as well as the Academic Enhancement programs and Summer Youth Program for K-12.

Spaces still available for 2009 Taos Cultural Institute

SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute participantsSpaces are still available for the 2009 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, set for July 23-26. Now in its 5th year, the Institute provides an opportunity for parents, alumni and other SMU community members to learn about the Southwest – its colorful history, diverse cultures, rich art and literature, and ancient archaeological sites.

Cultural Institute courses are taught by distinguished SMU faculty and local experts against the backdrop of northern New Mexico. Offerings this summer include courses on Southwest cooking and wine, the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Taos history and politics, the Los Alamos nuclear project, northern New Mexico’s geological history, digital photography and outdoor sports.

The registration fee of $700 per course covers tuition, designated meals and field trip fees. Class size is limited to allow for in-depth discussion and individual attention. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the student.

Learn more at or call 214-768-8267.

Creative Writing alumna, soon to be published, will speak May 28

Shilpi Somaya Gowda at SMU's 2007 New York Seminar for writersIn a publishing industry hit hard by the economic downturn, Shilpi Somaya Gowda has beaten the odds. Gowda (at right in photo), a 2007 alumna of the Creative Writing Program in SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE), has signed a contract with HarperCollins for her upcoming debut novel, The Secret Daughter. The publisher has given Gowda’s book a release date of winter 2010.

Gowda will share her experiences selling her first novel in an SMU Writer’s Salon at 7 p.m. May 28 at Legacy Books, 7300 Dallas Parkway in Plano.

Even in a slumping and increasingly cautious publishing market, Gowda’s achievement “is proof that excellence sells,” says Amy Heitzman, CAPE executive director in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The novel tells the stories of three women – an Indian who places a daughter for adoption; an American who adopts the girl; and Aisha, the daughter, who travels to India to discover her roots.

Gowda wrote the book while studying in the SMU CAPE Creative Writing Program novel track. She also attended the program’s New York Seminar, where eligible writers meet with editors and agents who have read the beginnings of their books.

“Shilpi is talented. Most of our students are,” says Suzanne Frank, director of the Creative Writing Program and New York Seminar. “But she also had the determination, the drive to write and rewrite until she made her work the best she could. The willingness to work and to learn is probably her – or any writer’s – greatest strength.”

Gowda’s talk will be free and open to the public. RSVP online to the SMU CAPE Creative Writing Program.

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Above, Shilpi Gowda (at right in photo) with fellow participants in the 2007 New York Seminar of the SMU CAPE Creative Writing Program.

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