Jerry LeVias

SMU honors history makers at Black Alumni Scholarship event

Black Alumni of SMU will celebrate 13 of the organization’s history makers and introduce the inaugural Black Alumni Scholarship at an evening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The honorees at the reception will include some of the first African-American athletes to play at SMU, alumni who championed civil rights on campus and leaders such as the former student body vice president who established the annual SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. A slideshow of historic photographs, press clippings and other documents from the SMU Archives will help tell the stories of the honorees. They include:

  • Jerry LeViasJerry LeVias ’69 (right) – the first African-American player in the Southwest Conference to receive an athletic scholarship.
  • Mike Rideau ’76 and twins Joe and Gene Pouncy ’74 – members of the 400-meter relay team that won the Southwest Conference championship for three consecutive years.
  • Bernard Jones ’01 – the first write-in candidate elected to the SMU Student Senate and, in 2002, the first person elected student body president without a runoff in a multi-candidate race.
  • Rev. Michael Waters ’02 – the former student body vice president who, while serving as a chaplain’s assistant in 2004, founded the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the “shrines of freedom” throughout the South.
  • Rev. Zan HolmesThe “SMU 33” – a group of students, including Rufus Cormier ’70, Charles Howard ’72, Charles Mitchell ’71, Michael Morris ’72, Anga Sanders ’70 and Detra Taylor, whose activism in 1969 drew attention to the need for more diverse faculty and curriculum.
  • Rev. Zan Holmes ’59 (right) – a Perkins School of Theology graduate who, as pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church and a Texas legislator in 1969, helped successfully resolve the standoff between the “SMU 33” and University administration.

The program is open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Jo Dancer, 214-768-1303.

More about Black History Month 2012 at SMU

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 23, 2011

Mothers matter: Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns took to the other side of the camera in 2010 to make her first film – a documentary about expectant mothers in four very different parts of the world, all in danger of dying from preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. The result was “No Woman, No Cry,” which takes viewers from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania to a slum in Bangladesh and from a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala to a prenatal clinic in the United States. SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program will host a screening and panel discussion of Turlington’s film beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The guest panelists include Jody Keyserling, senior policy analyst with CARE, and Eric Bing, head of global health with the George W. Bush Institute. Admission is free. For more information, visit smu.edu/humanrights. Click the YouTube screen to watch a preview, or visit this link to open the “No Woman, No Cry” trailer in a new window.

Jerry LeVias as an SMU football starBoundary breaker: SMU’s 2011 Black History Month calendar continues with an event that sheds light on the University’s own history in the fight against discrimination. In 1965, Jerry LeVias became the first African American scholarship athlete in the Southwest Conference. The 1969 SMU graduate returns to the Hilltop Feb. 28 for a screening of FOX Sports Southwest‘s award-winning 2003 documentary “Jerry LeVias: A Marked Man,” followed by a town hall forum with LeVias and SMU players and coaches past and present. FS Southwest will host a live webcast of the forum to commemorate the 45th anniversary of LeVias’ boundary-breaking achievement. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center; a 6:30 p.m. reception precedes it. Admission is free.

Sports: Sanders, McCann drafted to NFL, plus end-of-year honors

Bryan McCannEmmanuel SandersSenior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (near right) and senior cornerback/kick return specialist Bryan McCann (far right) have been selected in the 2010 National Football League draft. Sanders, an All-Conference USA first-team pick, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round – the highest level at which an SMU player has been selected since 1987. McCann, the active C-USA leader in career interceptions, will suit up for the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. Read more about Sanders and McCann.

Thirty-four SMU student-athletes earned the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal during the 2009-10 academic year, Commissioner Britton Banowsky has announced. The Mustangs are among 420 medal winners leaguewide, each of whom have achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.75 or better. The full list of winners (PDF format).

In addition, 183 SMU student-athletes earned recognition in the Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2009-10 academic year. The 183 Mustangs are among 2,027 total recipients, each of whom maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 or better. The full list of honor roll members (PDF format).

SMU rower Catherine CampbellSenior Catherine Campbell (left) is one of 18 collegiate rowers who have been invited to participate in the 2010 USRowing Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camp, taking place June 6-July 18 at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. The camp focuses on developing athletes for the Under-23 and Senior National Teams. Participating athletes will have the opportunity to race at the Independence Day Regatta, USRowing Club National Championships and possibly at USRowing Under-23 Trials and USRowing Elite National Championships. Read more.

Senior guard Brittany Gilliam has received a training camp contract from the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. The 2009-10 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference selection finished the season with a league-leading 80 steals and averaging 14.7 points per game. She also posted a team-high 5 double-doubles and scored more than 20 points per game 6 times. Read more.

Get Kidz Fit Fest posterNearly 40 Mustang student-athletes took part in the Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity’s Get Kidz Fit Fest 2010 on April 24 at Fair Park. The free event showcased simple and fun ways families can incorporate physical activity and nutritious eating into day-to-day life, including healthy cooking demonstrations and sports and fitness activities. More than 3,000 children attended. Read more.

Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington and Houston Mayor Annise Parker will honor former Mustang receiver Jerry LeVias (’69) on May 4, 2010, with an official proclamation declaring it “Jerry LeVias Day” in Houston. The honor recognizes LeVias’ work “on behalf of children throughout the state,” Pennington says. LeVias serves as community outreach director for Boys and Girls Harbor in La Porte, Texas, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive care for children and families in crisis.

LeVias entered SMU in 1965 as the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference. He made both athletic and academic All-American football teams and led the Mustangs to their first conference title in 18 years. After earning his B.S. degree from SMU in 1969, he played professional football for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Read more.

Hot Links: Kelcher, LeVias drive season ticket campaign

Louie Kelcher and Jerry LeViasMustang legends Louie Kelcher and Jerry LeVias are serving as team captains for SMU’s 2009 season ticket sales campaign. The campaign has two goals: to increase the number of season tickets sold, surpassing last year’s near-doubling of the 2007 total; and to help achieve one of the largest increases in NCAA Division I football attendance in 2009.

The campaign is working alongside the Sellout 2009 initiative, which intends to generate the largest crowd in Gerald J. Ford Stadium history for the Sept. 5 opener against Stephen F. Austin. The current stadium record is 34,689.

Other former SMU stars serving as campaign captains include Chris Bordano, Mike Romo and Mike Richardson, among others. Each team captain has recruited a four-person team and will compete to make the most sales per team. Read more.

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Hot Links: LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic set for April 23-25

Marta LesniakSMU alumni and community members are invited to join Head Football Coach June Jones, members of his staff and former Mustang football legends at the inaugural Jerry LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic April 23-25, 2009. Activities include a Pairings Party and auction in the Hall of Champions in Ford Stadium, tournament and awards party at the Golf Club of Dallas, and the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage in Ford Stadium. Thirteen foursome spots are still available, starting at $1,000 per team, and eight $250 spots remain open for individual golfers. All proceeds benefit SMU football. Read more.

The No. 69 women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 win over No. 17 Arkansas Feb. 25, 2009 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville. First-year player Marta Lesniak (left) defeated No. 4 Aurelija Miseviciute, while senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis notched their second win over a ranked pair this season, defeating No. 56 Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder. Read more.