Bill Joyce ’81 brings film and family fun to SMU Homecoming 2013

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Bill Joyce ’81 brings film and family fun to SMU Homecoming 2013

William JoyceBring the kids, or perhaps your inner child, to SMU’s 2013 Homecoming celebration: Author, illustrator and Oscar-winning filmmaker William Joyce ’81 will sign books and screen his 2012 Best Animated Short Film to help kick off the festivities.

Milk and cookies will be served during the screening of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” taking place 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Children and book lovers are welcome, and the event is free and open to the public.

> Register to attend the William Joyce screening at smu.edu/fun

Joyce will also serve as grand marshal of  SMU’s book-themed 2013 Homecoming parade Saturday Oct. 26, celebrating the University’s Year of the Library. This year’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue, travels south on Hillcrest, then north on Bishop Boulevard into campus.

Joyce’s two latest books are The Mischievians and The Sandman and the War of Dreams. He is also the author of Santa CallsDinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family LazardoThe Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs and Bently & Egg. In addition, he created the “Rolie Polie Olie” animated children’s TV series, which has earned three Emmy awards.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreNamed by Newsweek as one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium, Joyce co-wrote and produced the recent animated film “Epic.” He also created conceptual characters for films such as Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. His second television series, based on his book George Shrinks, aired daily on PBS stations across the country.

In addition, Joyce was the producer and production designer for the critically acclaimed animated feature film “Robots” and the executive producer of the Disney Feature Animation film “Meet the Robinsons,” based on his picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson.

Joyce will be recognized as an SMU Centennial History Maker at the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24.

October 22, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU honors 2013 DAA Award, Emerging Leader winners Oct. 24

Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Merrill Underwood ’07 will receive the Emerging Leader Award at SMU’s 2013 DAA Awards ceremony Oct. 24.

SMU will honor four leaders in philanthropy, business and civic life with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 on the Main Quad.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni are business leader Joseph M. “Jody” Grant ’60, investor Jeanne Roach Johnson ’54, and community leader Peggy Higgins Sewell ’72.

Brittany Merrill Underwood ’07, founder of the Akola Project and the Ugandan American Partnership Organization and an international advocate for women and children, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award. The honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years.

> Read more about SMU’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

During the ceremony, past DAA recipients will be honored as Centennial History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Second Century Celebration. Those whose accomplishments will be recognized include:

  • Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67
  • Laura Welch Bush ’68
  • Kirbyjon H. Caldwell ’81
  • Larry R. Faulkner ’66
  • Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69
  • Terrybeth N. Ford ’74
  • Linda Harris Gibbons ’58
  • Alvis Forrest Gregg ’56
  • Robert W. Haley ’67
  • Mona Sheinfeld Hersh-Cochran ’64,’66
  • Ward L. Huey, Jr. ’60
  • Walter J. Humann ’67
  • William E. Joyce ’81
  • Christine Ann Loock ’76
  • John Lopez, III ’74
  • Thomas W. Luce, III ’62, ’66
  • Bobby B. Lyle ’67
  • James C. McCormick ’49 †
  • J. Barry McKernan ’65
  • Harriet E. Miers ’67, ’70
  • John J. Nance ’68, ’69
  • Benjamin R. Oliphint ’44 †
  • Cecil B. Phillips ’49
  • Richard W. Quick ’65, ’77 †
  • George T. Reynolds, III ’57
  • William C. Roberts ’54
  • Karen Livesay Shuford ’70
  • Charles Robert (Bob) Smith ’44 †
  • Aaron Spelling ’49 †
  • William B. Stallcup, Jr. ’41 †
  • H. Leighton Steward ’57, ’59
  • William Payne Stewart ’79 †
  • Regina A. Taylor ’81
  • James Cleo Thompson, Jr. ’52 †
  • Charles H. Trigg ’29 †
  • Mary Katherine (Kitty) Hughes Trigg ’31 †
  • Garry A. Weber ’58
  • Ewing Werlein, Jr. ’58
  • Martha Hess Whitehead ’62
  • Myra Nicol Williams ’63

William Allen Melton will receive the Mustang Award for Service.

For more information, visit SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards homepage or call 214-768-4468.

Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

October 22, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Tune In: SMU Homecoming 2012 in pictures

A face-painter at work in Peruna's Playground, SMU Homecoming 2012SMU’S 2012 Homecoming celebration provided several days of excitement, from reunions to Pigskin Revue to the parade (led by alumnus and TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie) to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. And to top it all off, the Mustangs delivered a 44-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers in Ford Stadium.

Gary Shultz of SMU News has posted dozens of images from the weekend. Visit his Homecoming 2012 page to see slide shows of all the action.

November 1, 2012|Tune In|

SMU honors 2012 DAA winners, Emerging Leader Oct. 25

SMU alumnus Alonso Gutierrez

Alonso Gutiérrez

Four philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 on the University’s Main Quad. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s recipients include philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox (’78), former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III (’57,’59), and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd Jr. (‘68). Medical physicist Alonso Gutiérrez (’03, pictured right) will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the last 15 years.

During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Centennial celebration. The honorees attending this year’s ceremony are:

  • Lindalyn Bennett Adams, historic preservationist, humanitarian and civic leader
  • Fritz E. Barton Jr., physician, teacher and researcher
  • Don R. Benton, minister
  • Donald D. Clayton, astrophysicist
  • Allison Allen Holland, interior decorator
  • Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Ray L. Hunt, business leader and philanthropist
  • William L. Hutchison, investor and oil and gas producer
  • Sally Rhodus Lancaster, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Virginia Holt McFarland, philanthropist and humanitarian
  • Ruth Ann Rogers Montgomery, preservationist, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Carl Sewell, business leader and author
  • William T. Solomon, business leader and philanthropist
  • Ellen Coleman Terry, real estate leader and philanthropist
  • Gail Griffin Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Robert Hyer Thomas, attorney
  • Temple W. Williams Jr., physician

Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

October 25, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU celebrates a Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6, 2011

SMU Centennial bookcoverSMU celebrates its 2011 Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6 with milestones and memories.

The festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 3, with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition to the Mustangs’ football game against Tulane, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will serve as grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the role Dallas leaders played in establishing SMU in 1911. WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater will serve as parade emcee.

This year the parade, which also will include Peruna IX and the Mustang Band, will feature a new viewing zone on Hillcrest Avenue with seating, an announcer and entertainment before the parade. Special outreach is being made to SMU neighbors to join the festivities, which will include a family fun area on the Boulevard.

Pigskin Revue, SMU’s oldest Homecoming tradition, will mark its 77th anniversary Friday, Nov. 4, in Umphrey Lee Center. The celebration includes a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on the Center’s second-story patio, followed by the talent show at 8 p.m. in the Mack Ballroom.

Another Homecoming high point is the launch of the commemorative book SMU: Unbridled Vision (cover pictured at right), featuring more than 200 new photos of the Hilltop.

“As we celebrate the 100th year of our founding, it’s a pleasure to show our appreciation to the city of Dallas for competing to be the site of SMU in 1911 and for providing a supportive community through the years. SMU and Dallas have grown and prospered together, and we value that partnership,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “That’s why it’s especially gratifying to honor Mayor Rawlings as grand marshal and to add a special parade viewing area and activity section for families on the Boulevard.”

> Find a list of events at SMU News
>  Order your copy of SMU: Unbridled Vision online

November 3, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|
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