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Calatrava celebration continues with Meadows Museum exhibition

Santiago Calatrava and his family received a warm welcome when they visited SMU’s Meadows Museum Saturday, March 3, after taking part in opening ceremonies for Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Calatrava, his wife, Tina, and son, Michael, joined other Meadows Museum guests for a preview of its latest special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion.

“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people,” Calatrava told more than 800 guests at the preview. “You have welcomed us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community, but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.” Calatrava received a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from SMU in 2005.

The Meadows Museum is home to Wave, the first large-scale Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States. The special exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches for the 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. It also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2012.

“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”

Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. The Meadows collection includes the Calatrava sculptures Palme and Il Dente, which are also part of the exhibition.

The University’s many roles in the weekend of festivities surrounding the bridge opening are captured in a new SMU News video by Eva Parks. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open the “SMU and Santiago Calatrava” video in a new windowvideo

Written by Nancy George

> Learn more from SMU News’ Calatrava homepage at smu.edu/calatrava
> Visit Meadows Museum online at smu.edu/meadowsmuseum
> More about Santiago Calatrava at calatrava.com

Tune In: Sharing new knowledge at SMU Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Day. Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event gives participants opportunities to network with students in different programs, to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share the outstanding research being done at the University.

Revisit a few of the nearly 90 presentations in this video by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to view, or click this link to watch SMU’s 2012 Research Day video in a new window.

Tune In: SMU celebrates 2012 Engaged Learning Day Feb. 13

SMU celebrates Engaged Learning Day 2012 on Monday, February 13, with a series of events aimed at encouraging students to take their learning experience beyond the classroom by tackling real-world problems.

Activities will include an open house at the Office of Engaged Learning in the lower level of Clements Hall, as well as workshops and presentations by students who are currently completing projects.

“We want students to ask themselves ‘What do you care about?’ and ‘What are you going to do about it?’” says Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning. “Answering these questions will hopefully inspire them to imagine and make a project happen, a project that links to their SMU education.”

Learn more now with the University’s updated Engaged Learning video for 2012 by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start watching, or click here to open SMU’s Engaged Learning 2012 promotional video in a new windowvideo

> Find a complete schedule at SMU News
> Visit the Office of Engaged Learning online at smu.edu/engagedlearning

Tune In: Happy birthday, Simmons Hall

On Sept. 23, 2011, the SMU community celebrated the first birthday of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, which was dedicated during Family Weekend 2010

Annette Caldwell Simmons, President R. Gerald Turner and Leon Simmons Dean David Chard joined faculty, staff and students for birthday cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Click the YouTube screen to watch a brief video by Eva Parks of SMU News, or visit this link to open the Simmons Hall birthday party video in a new window. video

> More about the 2010 Simmons Hall dedication

Tune In: SMU celebrates with the Class of 2015

SMU President R. Gerald Turner welcomed SMU’s centennial Class of 2015 with a bit of University history and a timely reminder about its motto. Click the YouTube screen to watch his address in full.

> Read a transcript of President Turner’s 2011 Convocation address
> SMU welcomes the Class of 2015 in a new video video
> See the making of the Class of 2015 group photo video
> Find a roundup of coverage of the new school year at SMU News

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