University completes property swap with Chi Omega

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University completes property swap with Chi Omega

SMU Chi Omega House at 3014 Daniel Avenue

The Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of SMU’s Division of Student Affairs in a swap for University property at 3034 Daniel. The sorority will build its new house at the northeast corner of Daniel and Durham Street. Photo from the SMU Chi Omega website.

SMU has made a property trade with one of its sorority chapters to take effect Monday, April 1, 2013. The Iota Alpha chapter of Chi Omega at SMU will build its new house at 3034 Daniel Avenue, while the current Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of the Division of Student Affairs.

Chi Omega will begin construction on a new house this year, and its membership wanted to locate the facility closer to the hub of SMU’s sorority activity. In 2012, sorority members began discussions about the exchange with SMU vice presidents Brad Cheves, Development and External Affairs; Chris Regis, Business and Finance, and Lori White, Student Affairs. Cheves helped negotiate the swap.

Later this spring, the sorority will begin abatement and demolition of the SMU Faculty Club building currently located at 3034 Daniel, on the northeast corner of Daniel Avenue and Durham Street. The new Chi Omega house is scheduled to open at its new address in Fall 2014.

The University plans to relocate the Faculty Club to a new visitors’ center, currently in the planning stages. Plans for the facility at 3014 Daniel will be announced at a later date.

The move may have a minimal short-term impact on Faculty Club events such as the Distinguished Luncheons, which are frequently held in larger venues due to high levels of interest. In addition, Faculty Club members will continue to gather in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room in RFoC @ Lee.

In recent years, the Faculty Club has provided office space for Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Faculty Senate. Both offices have moved to the University’s East Campus on North Central Expressway – Alumni Relations to the 6200 Building and the Faculty Senate to the 12th floor of Expressway Tower at 6116 North Central.

The month of March has been devoted to removing and storing all Faculty Club property from the 3034 Daniel house, as well as reusable fixtures ranging from faucets to door handles, says Alison Tweedy, senior director of campus services. “Facility Services will take out anything that can be reused or repurposed,” she says.

The SMU Faculty Club, which is open to both faculty and staff members, was founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members. A women’s club was founded in 1928, and the two merged in 1963. Both clubs held their meetings in Atkins Hall (now Clements Hall) until the male club moved to the second floor of McFarlin Auditorium in the 1940s.

As Faculty Senate president in 1972-73, Ruth P. Morgan, who would later become University provost, made it a priority to establish a new home for the Faculty Club. Provost H. Neil McFarland provided the property at 3034 Daniel Avenue, then a sorority house, in 1973. The club was officially chartered in that location on August 6, 1973.

March 28, 2013|News|

For the Record: May 2012

The SMU Office of Public Affairs received 10 awards in 8 different categories in the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. Nicole SantosMelinda Matthews, Laura Graham, Karen Shoholm and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won a Gold Award in the Design category for “Say Hello to SMU,” the University’s new admission brochure. Sarah Hanan and Kathleen Tibbetts, News and Communications, won the Gold and Silver Awards in the Blogs category for SMU Adventures and SMU ForumHillsman S. Jackson, Laura GrahamPatti LaSalle, Mitch WhittenSherry MyresKaren Shoholm and Nancy George received the Silver Award in the Institutional Relations category for the University’s Centennial picture book, SMU: Unbridled Vision (pictured).

Pat Ward, Public Affairs/Periodicals, brought home the Silver Award in the Newsletters category for the Central University Libraries newsletter, Annotations. Brooke Carlock, Karen Shoholm, Melinda Matthews and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won the Bronze Award in the Design – Special Pieces category for the President’s Associates calendar and Academic Programs booklet. Brittney Wallace, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, earned a Bronze Award for Design Improvement for the President’s Scholars recruitment brochure.

The Development and External Affairs team won a Bronze Award for Institutional Relations for The Second Century Celebration. Denise Gee, News and Communications, won a Bronze Award in the Writing Collection category for her portfolio focused on the University’s human rights programs. Eva Parks, News and Communications, received an Honorable Mention in the Electronic Communications category for the Fall 2011 “SMU in the News” video.

Irina Dumitrescu, English, Dedman College, has received a 24-month Humboldt Research Fellowship to begin August 1, 2012. The award allows postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctorates within the past four years to carry out a long-term research project (6 to 24 months) in cooperation with an academic host of their choosing at a research institution in Germany. Dumitrescu’s host institution is the Free University of Berlin, where she will work with Andrew James Johnston in the Institute for English Language and Literature. Her Humboldt-funded project, “The Drama of Grammar: Second-Language Learning in Early England,” will examine the ways in which vivid, surprising, and often scandalous grammar texts used to teach Latin and French during the Middle Ages shaped the emotional lives of students and taught them innovative ways to engage with literature.

Jennifer Dworak, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Consortium. The awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions to enrich their research and professional growth.

'Revelations in Business' book cover

Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, gave an invited talk on “Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road” at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies April 26, 2012. The lecture was sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation and the Stanford Humanities Center, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of History.

K. Shelette Stewart, Executive Education, Cox School of Business, has written Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life (pictured), published by Tate Publishing. She is also the narrator of the audio edition, currently available at Amazon.com

May 23, 2012|For the Record|

For the Record: Oct. 1, 2009

An SMU speech team took first place in both divisions of its first competition of 2009-10. Fourteen students competed in more than 30 public speaking events including persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking and poetry during the event at Tarrant County College Sept. 26. The team took both of the top team sweepstakes awards and won 25 individual awards. Katherine Carr won first place in communication analysis and was the 3rd overall speaker for the tournament. Alex Ehmke was first place in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Jessica Huseman took first place in persuasive speaking. Roza Essaw took first place in informative speaking.

In addition, SMU students dominated the limited-preparation speaking events of impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, taking 11 of the top 12 speaking positions in those two events. Christene Dino and Solomon Odom were finalists in the interpretation event of prose. Carr and Solomon took second place in duo interpretation.

The team is coached by Chris Salinas and Ben Voth, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts. Many of the competitors were trained in a curriculum designed by CCPA Chair Mark McPhail.

The Office of Public Affairs received two 2009 Dallas Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators-Dallas at a ceremony Sept. 30. The 2008-09 SMU Parent Calendar received an Award of Excellence in Publications-Special Publications, and the SMU Student Adventures website received an Award of Merit in Electronic and Digital Communication-Ongoing Program (Internal or External Audience).

• Are you starting a new fellowship, speaking at a professional meeting, or awaiting the release of a new book? Share your news about conferences, publications, exhibitions and honors with the SMU community. Send your news to the Forum‘s For the Record section at forum@smu.edu, with “For the Record” in the e-mail title.

October 1, 2009|For the Record|

For the Record: April 10, 2008

Tom Fomby, Economics, spoke on the application of cointegration to the analysis of the relationship between influenza and non-perforating appendicitis in the Distinguished Speaker Series at UT-Southwestern Medical Center March 20, 2008.

Kamal Saggi, Economics, presented his research on the relative merits of bilateralism and multilateralism as alternative routes to global trade liberalization at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business April 9, 2008.

The SMU Office of Public Affairs received three awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV 2008 competition. SMU Research received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the Visual Design-Illustration category for its 2007 cover; SMU Magazine received an Award of Excellence (Silver) in the Magazine, Four-Color Throughout category; and SMU Forum received a Grand Award (Gold) in the E-newsletter category. The honors were presented at the 2008 CASE District IV conference April 5-9 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

April 10, 2008|For the Record|

For the Record: Nov. 9, 2007

Two SMU mock-trial teams took first place at the Billinger Barrister Invitational in St. Louis Oct. 13-14, 2007, finishing undefeated at 7-0-1. Sophomore Jessica Wikstrom also won a Best Witness Award. About 22 teams from 11 different schools participated in the competition, which was sponsored by St. Louis University.

Kim Cobb, Public Affairs, has received a 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Texas Tech University College of Mass Communications. Cobb, who graduated from Tech in 1979, joined SMU in June as director of national media marketing after a lengthy career as a journalist, including more than two decades as a national writer for the Houston Chronicle. She and four others were honored Oct. 27 in Lubbock. Read more from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Gail Hartin, Teacher Education, discussed what makes a good teacher with Park Cities People Nov. 2, 2007.

November 9, 2007|For the Record|
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