2013 SMU Women’s Symposium minds the age gap March 6

Ellen Jackofsky

2013 SMU Women’s Symposium minds the age gap March 6

SMU Women's Symposium 'Mind the Age Gap' logoFor its 48th anniversary, the SMU Women’s Symposium is using a new format to explore age-old questions about the differences and common ground among generations.

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations Ellen Jackofsky and senior art history major Bekah Boyer will participate in a moderated discussion on this year’s theme, “Mind the Age Gap.” The Emmie V. Baine Lecture event will take place during lunch on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s event promises to be “a very different kind of symposium,” says Karen Click, director of the SMU Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives. “I visit many different women’s organizations in Dallas, and most of their membership is over 60. They want my help in reaching out to younger women.”

But those efforts are hindered by “a feeling of incapability” shared across generations, Click says. “Younger women are worried about taking on the responsibility of keeping up the push for women’s rights. Older women are worried that their experience no longer matters. When women should be uniting to tackle issues, we’re stuck reinventing the wheel.”

This year’s event will focus on how those gaps affect the community, Click adds. “We see this specifically as an issue impacting Dallas, so we decided not to seek national speakers.”

> Find a complete list of 2013 SMU Women’s Symposium events

“We believe that each generation of women has something different to contribute,” says senior political science and management major Pooja Patel, co-chair of the Symposium’s CORE student planning committee. “By trying to minimize the ‘gap’ or disconnect between them, women’s groups in Dallas will be stronger and more effective.”

A variety of Symposium interest sessions will address topics ranging from the generationally shifting barriers to reproductive rights to how age affects women’s perceptions of appropriate (and inappropriate) fashion choices.

The Symposium is the oldest continuously running program of its kind in the country and attracts hundreds of community leaders, high school students and college students, faculty and staff members each year. And for some participants, including CORE co-chair Kimberly Elmazi, it’s a family legacy.

“All three of my elder sisters participated in CORE during their time at SMU,” says Elmazi, a junior political science and international studies major. “Eight years after my third eldest sister graduated from SMU, I joined the committee as a first-year. Now I’m a co-chair.”

More about the Symposium Student Planning CORE Committee

Elmazi is especially looking forward to the interest session “The Incredibles: Can You Have It All? Gender Roles and Reproductive Rights” because one of her sisters will be a speaker. “It’s funny how things have come full circle,” she says.

The Symposium will also recognize the winners of its 2013 Profiles in Leadership Awards and Gail Reese Ward Excellence in Mentoring Award. The recipients are:

Profiles in Leadership Awards

Gail Reese Ward Excellence in Mentoring Award

For more information, contact the Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives, 214-768-4792.

Kelsey Reynolds (’14) contributed to this article.

Learn more at the SMU Women’s Symposium website

March 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Linda Eads becomes SMU Associate Provost July 1, 2011

SMU Associate Provost Linda EadsLinda Eads, associate professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law and immediate past president of the Faculty Senate, has accepted a position as the University’s Associate Provost. She will begin her new duties July 1, 2011.

“Professor Eads is an outstanding scholar, an award-winning teacher, and during this past year she has exhibited remarkable leadership as President of the Faculty Senate,” wrote SMU Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to the faculty announcing the appointment, dated May 16.

A nationally renowned legal scholar, Professor Eads has been named to the American Law Institute and is recognized as one of Texas’ top lawyers. As associate provost, she will oversee academic affairs in the Provost’s Office and serve as the Director of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program.

Eads also joins the Provost’s Office leadership team, which includes Associate Provost Harold Stanley, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James Quick, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephanie Dupaul, Assistant Provost Tony Tillman, and Senior Program Specialist Lisa O’Donnell.

Effective at the end of the Spring 2011 semester, previously serving Associate Provosts Ellen Jackofsky and Ellen Pryor returned to the faculties of Cox School of Business and Dedman School of Law, respectively. The Provost’s Office has created two blogs where SMU community members can express thanks for their service and best wishes for their future teaching endeavors.

Ellen Jackofsky: blog.smu.edu/ellenjackofsky
Ellen Pryor: blog.smu.edu/ellenpryor

June 1, 2011|News|

Three receive 2010 Distinguished University Citizen Awards

Three faculty members were honored with SMU’s annual Distinguished University Citizen Award at the Faculty Breakfast held May 15 before Commencement. The 2010 recipients:

Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
Nina Schwartz, 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. “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to people who have given so much of themselves to SMU,” says Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky. “The recipients truly have distinguished themselves as good University citizens.”

May 18, 2010|News|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 20, 2009

Scott ApplebyDarwin Year continues: Scott Appleby (right), professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “From Apocalypse to Accommodation: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Responses to Darwin in America, 1865-1910” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The lecture is the latest event in SMU’s year-long “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” series. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Catholic Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public.

Reading and results: SMU Distinguished Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Reid Lyon will speak on “Leadership Lessons: Turning the Agony of Reading Failure Around” at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Park City Club, 17th floor, 5956 Sherry Lane in Dallas. The lecture is part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Focus on Education Series. Cost is $45 for non-Chamber members. Register online at the Chamber’s website; click on the Events tab.

President’s Leadership Summit: Hart Group Vice Chair and CEO Linda Hart will share her experiences and expertise with SMU students in President R. Gerald Turner’s Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. No RSVP is needed. For more information, contact Leadership and Community Involvement, 214-768-4403.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The ongoing struggles of everyday life as a source of theological reflection and of women’s influence in society will be the topic of “Lo Cotidiano: Daily Life, Stage for Religious Understanding” Oct. 27 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, visiting professor, Perkins School of Theology; and Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dedman College. A light dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Rachel Lamb.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: SMU Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky will speak on “Women at SMU: Creating and Continuing a Meaningful Legacy” in the next Distinguished Luncheon at noon Oct. 28 in the SMU Faculty Club. Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 23 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

October 20, 2009|Calendar Highlights|

Three faculty members named Distinguished University Citizens

Three faculty members were honored with SMU’s annual Distinguished University Citizen Award at the Faculty Breakfast held May 16 before Commencement. The 2009 recipients:

Barbara Hill Moore, Music, Meadows School of the Arts
David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College
Brian Stump, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College

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. “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to people who have given so much of themselves to SMU,” said Ellen Jackofsky, associate provost for faculty and administrative affairs. “The recipients truly have distinguished themselves as good University citizens.”

More from SMU’s 94th Commencement

May 19, 2009|News|
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