Faculty Club

Reserve by April 29 for 2011 Faculty Club Awards BBQ

SMU Faculty Club logoThe Faculty Club will honor an outstanding professor and administrator for service to the University community at the 2011 Faculty Club Awards BBQ. The celebration begins at noon Wednesday, May 4 at the SMU Faculty Club – reservations are due Friday, April 29.

Charlie Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, will receive the Mentor Supereminence Award, recognizing a faculty member for exceptional mentoring of SMU faculty and students. Stacy Paddock, executive director, alumni giving and relations, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing Faculty Club members for extraordinary service to the club.

The cost for the barbecue is $5 for Faculty Club members and $10 for non-members. RSVP by Friday, April 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012 – or respond and pay online at the Faculty Club events webpage.

Calendar Highlights: Apr. 19, 2011

MMU'A “duet” for peace: This week’s Stanton Sharp Lecture features Vanderbilt Professor of History Richard Blackett as he covers a more obscure fight for peace within America in “A ‘duet with John Bull’: African Americans and the Struggle to win British Support for the Union.” Blackett will discuss how African Americans during the Civil War used the momentum started from the emancipation of West Indies slaves in the late 1830s to further their cause to the British public and further the Union’s cause. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-2967 or visit the Sharp Lecture Series website.

Bringing the hospital to you: A Mobile Mammography Unit (pictured) will be open for business 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the East Campus Parking Lot Expressway Tower. For SMU employees covered by the Health and Wellness medical plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, SMU will cover all routine annual mammogram charges for women age 40 and above. The cost of the mammogram will not be billed to your $500 preventive care benefit. Please have your insurance information available when you call. BCBSTX will process the claim and SMU will pay it at 100%. To pre-register for an exam, call 214-645-2560. (If you participate in any non-SMU-related insurance plan, inquire about other pre-billing arrangements when you pre-register.) The parking lot at Expressway Tower is in the final stages of being repaved; arriving early to get one of the few available parking spots or using the Mustang Express to travel from the main campus to the Tower is recommended.

Cal Jillson'Messing with Texas: The policies of the independent-minded Lone Star State will be discussed at an event co-hosted by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and the SMU Faculty Club. In “Lone Star Tarnished: A Critique of Texas Public Policy,” 2011 Public Scholar Lecturer Cal Jillson (pictured) will cover the reality behind Texas’s picture-perfect model of limited government, economic growth and personal freedom. Jillson is currently at work on a book covering the subject, entitled Lone Star Tarnished, which will compare the overall Texas model of government to recent and historical state government styles. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the Faculty Club. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. All attendees should RSVP, as space is limited.

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins to give Faculty Club lecture Feb. 23

Dallas County Criminal District Attorney Craig WatkinsThe Honorable Craig Watkins, criminal district attorney and chief law enforcement officer for Dallas County, will deliver the SMU Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Lecture Feb. 23, 2011. The event begins with lunch at noon in the Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Avenue.

A Dallas native, Watkins became Texas’ first African American district attorney in 2007. He champions a “smart on crime” philosophy that emphasizes innovative prosecutorial strategies and seeks to address the root causes of crime. His commitment to conviction integrity has led to a high-profile partnership with the Innocence Project of Texas to re-examine criminal cases in which factors such as faulty testimony or flawed evidence may have resulted in wrongful convictions.

Watkins was educated in the Dallas public school system and received his B.A. degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his J.D. degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He was named an Eclipse Magazine “Super Lawyer” in January 2007 and has been selected to the Ebony Magazine “Power 150” as part of the next generation of African American leaders. His honors include the Dallas Urban League Torch Award.

The RSVP deadline is Friday, Feb. 18. The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. The Club now offers the option to respond and pay by credit card online. VIsit the Faculty Club Events page to sign up or contact Andrea Smith, 214-768-4266.

25 years later, Dale Hansen to return to SMU

UPDATE, Jan. 24, 2011: The Dale Hansen luncheon has been moved to the Dining Room in the Collins Executive Education Center.

Dale HansenSMU Faculty Club members are set to kick off the calendar year with an interesting choice for January’s Distinguished Luncheon Series installment: Dale Hansen, the man believed widely responsible for uncovering operations that brought about the infamous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_(NCAA) for SMU in 1986. The lecture takes place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Faculty Club on Daniel Avenue.

Hansen, who still holds the position of Sports Director at WFAA-TV (as he did in 1986) will give a lecture on the very topic that garnered him a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, and multiple death threats in “The SMU Death Penalty and Ongoing Resurrection.” Hansen’s reporting on the burgeoning scandal revealed that SMU had been paying players since the mid-1970s to keep up with larger-size opponents in the former Southwest Conference.

SMU, already served probation notices five times from 1974 to 1985, became the first (and to date only) college football program of any division to receive the NCAA’s “death penalty”: cancellation of the entire 1987 season, followed by an additional 1988 cancellation at the school’s request. The rest is history: one winning season in 1997 and national obscurity until the hiring of Head Coach June Jones in 2008. By the following season, SMU had earned its first bowl appearance since 1984, a 45-10 victory over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

Price per ticket is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. RSVP by Jan. 21 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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Gloria Campos to speak at Faculty Club luncheon Oct. 19

Gloria Campos, WFAANews anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA-TV Channel 8 will visit the Hilltop for the next 2010-11 Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon. Campos will speak on “TV News In the Future: Will Journalism Matter?” during the event, which begins at noon Oct. 19 in the SMU Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Avenue.

The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for non-members. The Faculty Club will accept RSVPs until Friday, Oct. 15. To respond, contact Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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