Distinguished Alumni Awards

SMU honors 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader Nov. 3

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes founder and SMU alumnusBusiness leaders, a philanthropic community leader and an innovative entrepreneur will receive SMU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s recipients include Ike Griffin (’57), president of Horizon Communities in PrisonDavid B. Miller (’72, ’73), co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P.; and Annette Caldwell Simmons (’57), community leader and philanthropist. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (’99, left) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the past 15 years.

The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award reception and dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The awards ceremony will be held in McFarlin Auditorium at 8 p.m., following the dinner and reception. The dinner is sold out, but tickets to a dinner buffet and reception in Centennial Hall at the Hughes Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street, and the presentation at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium remain available. To register, visit the SMU Alumni website.

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

  • Ruth Collins Altshuler, philanthropist and first woman chair and longest serving member of the SMU Board of Trustees
  • Lila Mae Banks Cockrell, four-term mayor of San Antonio
  • Edwin L. Cox, business leader and Cox School benefactor
  • Lee Cullum, journalist, writer and broadcaster
  • Jess T. Hay, international business and civic leader
  • Mary Ellen Mitchell Jericho, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Ray L. Hunt, civic and business leader and philanthropist
  • William King McElvaney, minister, SMU professor emeritus and author
  • Ruth I. Allen (Mewhinney), Dallas pioneer in medicine
  • Marshall Terry, SMU professor emeritus and author

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

Four to be honored at SMU’s 2010 DAA Awards celebration

Tammy Nguyen LeeThree SMU alumni will receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming Week. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

The 2010 recipients include:

  • George W. Bramblett Jr. ’63, ’66, partner and member of the executive committee of Haynes and Boone L.L.P, Dallas
  • Gary T. Crum ’69, founder and former director of AIM Management Group Inc, Houston
  • Stephen Mulholland ’60, media executive and chairman of the Connection Group, the largest IT retailing business in South Africa

Filmmaker and actor Tammy Nguyen Lee ’00 (right), founder of Against the Grain Productions, will receive the Emerging Leader Award recognizing an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Lee’s first feature documentary, “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam,” premiered at the 2009 Vietnamese International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award.

The DAA Award banquet and ceremony take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard Street, downtown Dallas. For more information, visit smu.edu/homecoming.

SMU celebrates ‘Broadway on The Boulevard’ for Homecoming 2010

mustang-band-homecoming-2009-400.jpgClass reunions, the SMU-Houston game and a free concert by award-winning country music star Jack Ingram ’93 will be highlights of Homecoming Week 2010, through Oct. 24. The Student Foundation chose “Broadway on The Boulevard” for this year’s theme.

Activities kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 16 with campuswide Community Service Day and Homecoming float-building, and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas.

Reunion gatherings for the classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00 and ’05. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit smu.edu/homecoming.

• A free screening of the documentary film “Operation Babylift” by 2010 DAA Emerging Leader Award winner Tammy Nguyen Lee ’00, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Greer Garson Theatre Screening Room, 3531 Owen Arts Center.

Jack Ingram headshot• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 and featuring country singer-songwriter (and SMU alumnus) Jack Ingram as 2010 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• A free concert by Jack at 12:15 p.m. in Ford Stadium, where he will also sing the National Anthem before the SMU-Houston game.

• The Homecoming game, in which the Mustangs are calling for a “Blue Out” – a sea of SMU fans wearing blue – as they take on the University of Houston Cougars, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit smumustangs.com for tickets.

SMU also has the opportunity win the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge. Help beat colleges competing around the nation by tossing every aluminum can, plastic bottle and paper product on The Boulevard and in Ford Stadium into the recycling bins provided. Even the Homecoming parade floats will be recycled after the game. For more information, visit smu.edu/sustainability.

In addition, the Shoe Bank will give the shoes you donate in good condition on game day to those in need in Dallas and Haiti. Unwearable shoes will be broken down and turned into athletic turf. Shoe receptacles for donations will be placed on the Boulevard and outside the gates to Ford Stadium.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website (PDF format).

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Preaching lab named for Perkins alumnus Cecil Williams

Rev. Dr. A. Cecil WilliamsSMU’s Perkins School of Theology has named the Williams Preaching Lab in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall in honor of Rev. Dr. A. Cecil Williams (’55, right), Minister of Liberation at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. The announcement was made by Dean William Lawrence at a reception in honor of Williams and his wife, Janice Mirikitani, in November.

The state-of-the-art preaching lab is designed to support instruction and training in homiletics for present and future clergy.

Williams was in Dallas to receive a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University. He is a 1996 recipient of the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus Award and received an honorary doctorate from the University in 1997.

As a minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader, and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Rev. Williams is recognized as a national leader in civil and human rights. He was one of five African American students admitted to Perkins in fall 1952 in what was the first voluntary desegregation of a major educational institution in the South. In 1963 he was appointed to Glide Memorial Methodist, a church of fewer than 50 members in a declining section of San Francisco.

Today Glide has a membership of more than 11,000, representing a multitude of races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, social classes and ages. The church has earned accolades for its embrace of its surrounding community, developing numerous programs to help San Francisco’s underprivileged to break the cycle of poverty. Its extensive network of services includes the only food program in San Francisco offering three meals a day, 365 days a year, as well as an outpatient substance abuse treatment and recovery program that has received national recognition as a model of innovation.

Visit the Perkins School of Theology website
Visit Glide Memorial United Methodist Church online

2009 DAA Awards honor outstanding alumni, emerging leader

Amanda DunbarA minister, a businessman and a nonprofit founder will receive SMU’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s 2009 recipients include:

  • Frederick B. Hegi Jr. (’66), founding partner of the private investment firm Wingate Partners
  • Joe T. White (’70), founder of Kanakuk Kamps and Kids Across America and president and board chair of Kanakuk Ministries
  • Cecil Williams (’55), minister and leader of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most racially and culturally diverse congregations

Artist Amanda Dunbar (’04, right) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Dunbar became the youngest woman and the first painter to be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. With proceeds from her painting sales, she has formed a charitable organization to fund arts programs for young children.

The DAA Award banquet and ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. For more information, visit smu.edu/homecoming.

Game on: SMU celebrates Homecoming 2009

22342D_046.jpgThe SMU community celebrates Homecoming 2009 through Nov. 8. This year’s theme is “Let the Games Begin,” and the event is coordinated by the Student Foundation.

Activities kicked off Oct. 31 with campus-wide community service projects and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The Distinguished Alumni Awards Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Reunion gatherings, planned for the classes of ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit smu.edu/homecoming.

• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and featuring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as 2009 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• The Homecoming game, where the Mustangs take on the Rice Owls at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit smumustangs.com for tickets.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website.

Campus rolls out ‘Red Carpet’ during Homecoming 2008

Homecoming 2008 logoStudents, alumni, faculty and staff celebrate SMU’s 2008 Homecoming, “Rolling Out the Red Carpet,” this week through Nov. 9.

Events include picnics, open houses, tailgate parties on The Boulevard and the 76th annual Pigskin Revue, presented by the Mustang Band, at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in McFarlin Auditorium. The Homecoming game against Memphis begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ford Stadium.

The University honored 5 leaders in business, technology and community service with SMU’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Nov. 6. The 2008 DAA Award recipients are Darrell Lafitte (’54), Malcolm Morris (’68), Gary Pittman (’53), and Richard Ware (’68). Richie Butler (’93) received the 2008 Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years.

Learn more about SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards
More Homecoming information from the SMU Student Foundation

Distinguished Alumni Awards among 2008 Homecoming highlights

Richie ButlerFive leaders in business, technology and community service have been named to receive SMU’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The banquet and ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Khmer Pavilion of the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway.

The 2008 DAA Award recipients are:

Darrell Lafitte (’54), SMU All-America football player turned banker
Malcolm Morris (’68), Millennium Water Alliance founder and chair
Gary Pittman (’53), Texas Instruments researcher and co-inventor of the light-emitting diode (LED)
Richard Ware (’68), president of Amarillo National Bank, one of the largest family-owned banks in the country

Richie Butler (’93, right) will receive the 2008 Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Butler helped create Unity Estates, a planned community of 285 single-family homes in South Dallas sponsored by the 70-member African American Pastors’ Coalition. He also founded the church community Union Cathedral, which he currently serves as the senior pastor.

The DAA Awards are a traditional highlight of SMU’s annual Homecoming celebration. The 2008 Homecoming, “Rolling Out the Red Carpet,” takes place Nov. 2-9. The Homecoming game against Memphis begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ford Stadium.

Learn more about SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards
More Homecoming information from the SMU Student Foundation

Tune In: A season of celebration

SMU's 2007 Celebration of LightsSMU’s 30th annual Celebration of Lights took place Dec. 2, 2007, on the University’s Main Quad. It featured more than 100,000 decorative lights and luminarias, caroling and a reading of the Christmas story from the New Testament by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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International and civic leaders, a former athlete turned dentist and an emerging theatre star received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) during formal ceremonies on Nov. 8, 2007. See the ceremony as it was rebroadcast on SMU-TV Channel 19 in the Park Cities. video

Three important new Meadows Museum exhibitions opened Nov. 30, 2007. “Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s” runs through Feb. 24, 2008; “Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest” and “Lone Star Printmaker” run through Mar. 2, 2008.

Hear an interview with co-curators Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk by Laurel Ornish of ClassicalTexas.com, with remarks by Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán
See a gallery of some of the paintings on exhibit

Five outstanding alumni honored at DAA Awards

Nathan AllenInternational and civic leaders, a former athlete turned dentist and an emerging theatre star have received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The banquet and ceremony took place Nov. 8 in the Fairmont Hotel.

The 2007 recipients include civic leader and SMU trustee Linda Pitts Custard (’60, ’99), investment adviser James B. Gardner (’55), U.S. Ambassador to Mexico the Honorable Antonio O. Garza Jr. (’80, ’83) and and SMU basketball star turned dentist Rick Herrscher (’58). Nathan H. Allen (’00), cofounder of The House Theatre of Chicago, received the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Allen (left) participated in a conference with current SMU theatre students Nov. 9 in the Margo Jones Theatre.

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