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Three receive 2011 Distinguished University Citizen Awards

Three faculty members were honored with SMU’s 2011 Distinguished University Citizen Award at the Faculty Breakfast held May 14 before Commencement. This year’s recipients:

Patricia Alvey, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
Margaret Dunham, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
Dennis Foster, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

The award, given by the Provost’s Office, honors three faculty members each year for service and activities that benefit students and the University’s academic mission.

Faculty Senate presents 2009 Outstanding Staff Awards

The Faculty Senate chose 4 exemplary SMU staff members to receive 2009 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards. The honors were presented by outgoing President Dennis Foster at the Senate’s last meeting of the academic year on May 6.

This year’s recipients:

Roberta Cox, Perkins School of Theology
Terri Lewers, Southwest Review
Jeanne Milazzo, Cox School of Business
Billie Stovall, Central University Libraries

Provost gives ‘cautiously optimistic’ budget outlook at faculty meeting

(Originally published Jan. 27, 2009.)

SMU Provost Paul Ludden presented a “cautiously optimistic” budget picture for the 2009-10 academic year at the 2009 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 21. Faculty and staff pay increases will occur, he added. Assistant Professor Maria Dixon received a special award during the meeting. Read a recap under the link.

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University celebrates December Graduation Dec. 13

December Graduation imageThe SMU community will celebrate the graduation of more than 900 students Dec. 13 in Moody Coliseum.

Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. with a student and faculty procession and are expected to last about two hours. Speakers will include the following:

  • President R. Gerald Turner
  • Carl Sewell (’66), chair of the SMU Board of Trustees
  • Darrell Lafitte (’54), former SMU All-America football player and a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Dennis Foster, Faculty Senate president and D.D. Frensley Professor of English
  • Student Body President Rob Hayden

“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a special time,” President Turner says.

Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 6:30 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Faculty members may RSVP online for the reception and Processional.

Find information for students, faculty and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.

Physician Robert Haley is 2008 Dedman College Distinguished Graduate

Robert W. Haley and relativesDr. Robert Ware Haley, whose research has helped improve hospital care and define the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome, was honored as the 2008 Dedman College Distinguished Graduate during the Dedman College Celebration May 7.

The ceremony also honored Anthropology Professor Caroline Brettell for her service as Dedman College interim dean from 2006 to 2008.

Dennis Foster, D.D. Frensley Professor of English, was named the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. English and history major Jessica Erwin was honored as the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student.

Right, Robert W. Haley (second row center) gathers with SMU President R. Gerald Turner (fourth from right) and a few of the 21 Haley family members who have graduated from the University.

Haley: SMU faculty among “formative influences”

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Calendar Highlights: Nov. 9, 2007

cowboys-cattlemen-250.jpgJazz in the winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble performs the music of Mingus, Bernstein, Joplin and Broege in “No Sun, No Shadow” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Survival stories: Sudanese survivors of violence tell their stories in their own words in “Voices from Sudan,” hosted by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The panel will feature refugees from Darfur as well as those who fled southern Sudan to escape the violent civil war. Free and open to the public.

Source code: Veteran newsman Tony Pederson, SMU’s Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism, speaks on “Reporter Privilege: A Con Job or an Essential Part of Democracy?” Nov. 14 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event, sponsored by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, begins with a reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres) at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lecture at noon. Free and open to the public.

Living responsibly: SMU students will discuss, debate and engage the issue of substance abuse at the University during a Substance Abuse Forum from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. November 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Panelists will include senior Todd Baty, business manager of the weekly newsletter Hilltopics, with members of the Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention: Dean of Student Life Dee Siscoe, English Professor Dennis Foster, Political Science Professor Dennis Simon, and Student Body President Katherine Tullos. For more information, visit the Live Responsibly home page.

Boys against men: Jacqueline Moore, Fellow in SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, discusses “Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Restraining Masculinity on the Texas Frontier” at noon Nov. 14 in DeGolyer Library. The lecture is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series – bring your lunch. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Elmore, 8-3684. (Top left: Cow Boys and Cattle Men on the Matador Ranch 1883, courtesy of the Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University.)

Cave exploringNew traditions: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra explores the traditions of large ensemble jazz and introduces new works by professional and student composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Catch the MJO performing in the Meadows Fall Dance Concert through Nov. 11.

When “caving” is a good thing: Sign up by Nov. 16 for Recreational Sports’ Jester Cave overnight camping trip (bottom left), scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Learn more online at the Outdoor Adventures home page or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.

Student Senate town hall meeting gathers input on substance abuse issues

town-hall-forum-275.jpgA town hall forum sponsored by the SMU Student Senate attracted about 150 participants and generated lively discussion on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse at SMU. For 90 minutes at the Oct. 22 session, students asked questions and gave their views to the University’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, appointed by SMU President R. Gerald Turner last spring.

“The Student Senate has a longstanding tradition of protecting the rights of the student body,” said Patrick Kobler, Student Concerns Chair of the Student Senate, at the start of the meeting.

“We want students to take ownership of this issue on campus,” added Student Body president and Task Force member Katherine Tullos, “and we encourage you to present solutions along with the problems you describe.” Read more. (Daily Campus photo by John Schreiber)

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