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Faculty in the News: Nov. 16, 2010

Henry Arthur McArdle, 'The Battle of San JacintoEric White, curator at SMU’s Bridwell Library, discussed James G. Pepper’s work creating a hand-lettered, hand-illustrated Bible with The United Methodist Church’s Interpreter Magazine. The article appeared in the November-December 2010 edition.

Sam Ratcliffe, head of special collections in SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, talked with The Houston Chronicle about the recent discovery of a smaller version of Texas artist Henry Arthur McArdle’s famed painting The Battle of San Jacinto (right) – a canvas previously thought to have been destroyed in a 1918 house fire. The article appeared in the paper’s Nov. 8, 2010 edition.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Sarah Palin’s visit to Dallas and its potential impact on other politicians’ aspirations with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 10, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about how – and whether – President Obama can adapt to the new political realities of Washington with The Christian Science Monitor Nov. 6, 2010. In addition, he discussed the 2010 midterm elections with The Houston Chronicle and USA Today in articles that appeared Nov. 3, 2010.

Peter Raad on 'Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman'Peter Raad (right), Executive Director, The Guildhall at SMU, discussed the future landscape of video games on the nationally syndicated PBS series “Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman.” The show aired Nov. 4, 2010. Watch it online. video

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Democratic successes in Dallas County elections despite Republican dominance of national races with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 3, 2010.

Anastasia Suen, Creative Writing, Continuing and Professional Studies, was featured in an article on the “Frisco Reads” program that appeared in The South Lake Times Oct. 27, 2010.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked with The Wall Street Journal about how cement used in oil drilling is prone to failure. The article appeared in the Oct. 30, 2010 edition.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, discussed Halloween sales of candy, costumes and decorations as a barometer for general economic recovery with The Dallas Business Journal Oct. 29, 2010.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, Dedman College, talked about a Bible-based history curriculum being sought by a member of Louisiana’s Caddo Parish School Board with The Shreveport Times Nov. 2, 2010.

Faculty in the News: March 23, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the political implications of the passage of health care reform with The Christian Science Monitor March 22, 2010. He also talked about issues pertaining to the Texas gubernatorial race, including the release of candidates’ income tax information and their working relationships with the federal government, with The Houston Chronicle March 19 and March 21, 2010.

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the Obama Administration’s strategy for passing health care reform with The Washington Examiner March 21, 2010.

Faculty in the News: March 16, 2010

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the White House push for health care legislation with The Washington Examiner March 16, 2010.

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, discussed anticipated growth for the U.S. economy – and the possibility that North Texas will outpace it – with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 2, 2010. He also talked about why businesses leave states, and why North Texas stands to gain from projected departures from California, with The Dallas Morning News March 15, 2010.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about the economy and the appeal of North Texas with The Dallas Morning News March 14, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the March party primaries, the races for governor in Texas and the chances for Democrats in the fall with CNN March 3, 2010. On the same day, he also spoke about the Texas governor’s race and the politicians involved with KERA Radio 90.1 FM. Read the story and listen to the discussion. audio

In addition, Jillson provided expertise for a story on anticipated candidate spending in the 2010 midterm elections that appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 13, 2010. He also discussed post-election political prospects for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and speculation on whether she will resign her seat in a WFAA TV Channel 8 broadcast that aired March 11, 2010. Read the full story and watch the news clip. video

Peter Raad, The Guildhall at SMU, talked about the Guildhall-cosponsored Indie Game Challenge and the Guildhall’s goals and achievements with GamerLive.TV during the 2010 D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas in February. Watch the video. video

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Dallas Morning News column by James Ragland about the Don Hill public corruption case. The column appeared March 3, 2010.

James Guthrie, senior fellow and director of education policy studies for the George W. Bush Institute and a faculty member in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed the qualities that make a good teacher and how to improve the quality of education with The Dallas Morning News Feb. 27, 2010.

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, provided expertise for a commentary on climate change and the weather by journalist Lee Cullum that was broadcast on KERA Radio 90.1 FM Feb. 26, 2010. Read and listen to the full commentary. audio

Faculty in the News: March 24, 2009

Peter Heslin, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business, discussed his research on “brainwriting” – a potentially more effective alternative to brainstorming – with The Washington Post March 18, 2009.

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for an article on the Obama administration’s political learning curve that appeared in The Washington Examiner March 19, 2009.

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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

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2008-09

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for several political stories, including:

  • how Republicans in Congress may be playing a high-risk game by snubbing Barack Obama, who has publicly sought their support, in Forbes magazine, Jan. 29, 2009
  • how a new bill that would boost health care coverage for children would cost and benefit Texans, in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jan. 15, 2009
  • the continuing influence of West Texas in the state legislature as Tom Craddick is replaced as speaker, in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Jan. 3, 2009
  • Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, and the Illinois governor’s scandal, in The Washington Examiner, Dec. 28, 2008

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the challenges Barack Obama will face as president, including the challenge of expectations, with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 18, 2009.

Kathleen Cooper, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed how Texas will be affected as investments based on high oil prices fall on hard times in an op-ed published in The Houston Chronicle, Jan. 10, 2009.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed whether there is a place for “divine certainty” in the White House in The Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Faith blog Jan. 27, 2009. He also wrote about President Obama and the nature of historical moments for National Public Radio website Jan. 21, 2009.

SMU Theology Dean William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the often unusual relationship between presidents and preachers in a commentary on 90.1 KERA-FM Radio Jan. 16, 2009 (listen online or download) audio. He also discussed “firsts and lasts” in American political discourse in a KERA commentary broadcast on Dec. 19, 2008 (listen online or download) audio.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed why most individuals have zero comprehension of $1 trillion, and how to make the amount easier to understand, with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2009.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, discussed the current state of the country and its economy in a feature profile published in The Fort Worth Weekly Dec. 16, 2008.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the changes already begun because of President Obama in an article published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 20, 2009.

Tony Pederson, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for a Jan. 4, 2009 Associated Press article on how former competitors in the news business are forging content-sharing deals to mitigate staff cuts and other losses. The article ran in several newspapers in early January, including The Chicago Tribune.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about Amway’s effort to revive its own brand with The Houston Chronicle Dec. 25, 2008.

SMU Education Dean David ChardDavid Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, wrote an op-ed about the banning of the book ttyl by the Round Rock (TX) Independent School District. The opinion piece was published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 13, 2009.

Hal Barkley, Counseling, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about how to cope with families and stress during the holidays with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 22, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed potential hazards in Houston’s air with The Houston Chronicle Jan. 12, 2009.

David Blackwell, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, discussed how power from underground “hot rocks” could become the “killer app” of the energy industry with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 31, 2008.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 7, 2008

For your health: Flu shots are now available every Wednesday in the Memorial Health Center, 9-11 a.m. and 1:30=3:30 p.m., while supplies last. No appointment is necessary.

Vote buttonsFaculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: Political Science Professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Harold Stanley offer their analysis of the 2008 presidential election at noon Nov. 12 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Nov. 7 to Dee Powell, 8-3012,

Hamilton Visiting Scholar in Geophysics: Noted geophysicist Richard W. Carlson of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, will lecture on “A History of Earth Formation” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. The lecture is presented by the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Learning to lead: Hunt Oil CEO and SMU trustee Ray L. Hunt will share his insights with students in President R. Gerald Turner‘s 2008 Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Zev Garber, professor of Jewish studies at Los Angeles Valley College, will speak on “Faith After Auschwitz: Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust” at 7:30 pm Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

'Mustang' book coverInto the wild: Author Deanne Stillman will discuss the storied history and current plight of the Western wild horse – as well as her latest book, Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American WestNov. 13 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies and DeGolyer Library. The event is free; registration is required. Register online or contact Ruth Ann Elmore, 8-3684.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Associate Professor of History of Christianity Edwin Sylvest will moderate a conversation on how La Guadalupe plays a central role in the emergence and practice of Latino Catholic religiosity. “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Mother of God, Mother of the Americas, Our Cosmic Mother” is scheduled for Nov. 13 in the Umphrey Lee Faculty Dining Room. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion follows 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Got talent? The SMU Staff Association presents its 9th annual talent show noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. An art and photography exhibit will open at 11:30 a.m. in the prefunction area. The show is free; lunch is $12 per person. RSVP for lunch by Nov. 7; submit payment to Nancy Skochdopole, 100E Blanton Student Services Building.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 17, 2008

Elemental music: Guest conductor Nicolás Pasquet of the Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany, leads the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in “The Elements: Water” – a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Debussy’s La Mer and Premiere Rhapsody, Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Smetana’s The Moldau. The program debuts at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and repeats Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Seymour Island, AustraliaElection reflection: SMU Political Science Professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Harold Stanley will survey the political landscape and analyze the 2008 primary and general election campaigns in “Road to the White House 2008,” presented by SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series. The series begins Oct. 20 and repeats on consecutive Mondays through Nov. 10. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon each day at Maggiano’s North Park Center. Cost is $163 for members, $193 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532.

Darwin Year preview: Earth Sciences Professor Louis Jacobs will discuss his fossil research in places ranging from St. Bart’s to Seymour Island, Antarctica, in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ “Islands and Life” – a preview of SMU’s 2009 event “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy.” The program takes place Oct. 22 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. A 5:30 p.m. wine reception precedes the 6 p.m. lecture. Tickets are $45 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532. (Top right, Seymour Island as photographed by graduate student researcher and blogger Chris Strganac.)

Make a racket: The Stanford Championships tennis tournament comes to SMU Oct. 22-Oct. 26 in the Turpin Tennis Center. Eight legendary names in men’s tennis, including Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis, compete for the title and $150,000 in prize money. In addition, Anna Kournikova will compete in Mixed Doubles matches. Tickets are available at www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or call 877-332-TIXX (8499).

Coming of age: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center celebrates its 21st birthday with a “responsible celebration” Oct. 23. Stop by the Student Center for cake, fun and games.

M.L.S. information session: Learn more about SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies program at an information session 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Human Resources Training Room #208, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expy. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to the M.L.S. program.

Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Oct. 17-18: TITAS presents the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (bottom right) in its 40th anniversary tour at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at
  • Faculty in the News: Feb. 7, 2008

    Matt Wilson, Political Science, discussed Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations – hours before the Republican primary candidate announced his departure from the race – in Salt Lake City’s <a href="The Deseret News Feb. 7, 2008.

    Dennis Simon, Political Science, discussed Super Tuesday and President Bush’s State of the Union address on KERA Channel 13’s “<a href="Think” Feb. 5, 2008.

    Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about the confusion surrounding President Bush’s latest economic stimulus package in Pamela Yip’s business column in The Dallas Morning News Feb. 4, 2008

    Jim Hollifield, Political Science, discussed the influx of undocumented workers to Texas from other parts of the United States in The International Herald Tribune Feb. 3, 2008.

    Georita Frierson, Psychology, encouraged teens to talk about depression and stress in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 27, 2008. She spoke at the Community Teen Summit at Dallas City Hall Jan. 22.

    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.

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