An Olympic and NCAA College World Series champion who made it cool to throw like a girl left her mark on Dallas during the Sept. 25 Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum. Jennie Finch, whose pitches come in at 71 miles per hour, discussed her career during a luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. After her Athletic Forum appearance, Finch visited Garland High School – home of the Owls, Texas’ reigning 5A state softball champions – for a pitching demonstration. Read more.
Shaping up: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra opens its 2007-08 season with Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (featuring international opera baritone and SMU alumnus Donnie Ray Albert) in “New Shapes.” Performances take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. For tickets, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).
Art, family style: Enjoy hands-on activities, gallery games and films for all ages – as well as current exhibitions “Tile Design in Valencia” (top right) and “A Tribute to Texas Art” – at Super Saturday Family Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Meadows Museum. Free and open to the public.
Faculty roundtable: SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence presents “Evidence, Facts and Opinion: Teaching Students to Tell the Difference” at 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Register online.
There’s the pitch: Olympic softball gold medalist and NCAA College World Series champion Jennie Finch (middle right) speaks in the 2007 Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, noon-1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For ticket information, call 8-4314.
Know your world: Dawn Youngblood, curator of SMU’s Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, discusses “Terra Cognita: Living in a Google Earth World” at an SMU Faculty Club wine and cheese reception, 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Dee Powell at 8-3012.
Rediscovering Latino history: SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, Ethnic Studies Program and Clements Center for Southwest Studies present “Challenges in Searching for the Lost or Buried Heritage of Latinos in the United States” by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston and founding publisher of The Americas Review (formerly Revista Chicano-Riqueña) and Arte Público Press. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 6:30 lecture and book-signing Sept. 27 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. The event is free; registration is required. Register online or contact Leslie Reid.
In the mix: TITAS presents a “best of” show by legendary modern dance ensemble MOMIX (bottom right), featuring excerpts from their most groundbreaking works, at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium. For tickets and more information, call the TITAS Box Office at 214-528-5576.