SMU reaches $1 billion Second Century Campaign goal; announcement made during Centennial Convocation

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SMU reaches $1 billion Second Century Campaign goal; announcement made during Centennial Convocation

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has announced that SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign has reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule. He delivered the news on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University’s Centennial Convocation in McFarlin Auditorium.

Read the full text of Dr. Turner’s Centennial Convocation address

The campaign’s official completion date is Dec. 31, 2015; campaign gifts will continue to be counted to that date.

The Centennial Convocation – gathering of volunteers, donors, alumni, civic leaders and other members of the campus and Dallas communities – was the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening on Sept. 24, 1915, as well as a rally for its future. The centennial is being celebrated during a weekend of Homecoming and other special events.

> Find a full schedule of Centennial Homecoming events

“This is a doubly historic day for us,” said President Turner. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening, we are pleased to announce unprecedented new support for our future. Our founders were forward-looking leaders, and they’d be pleased to see that today’s supporters are generously investing in our next century of achievement. These donors are truly the founders of our second century.”

> Find a summary of the advancements funded by the Second Century Campaign from SMU News

SMU is one of 34 private universities nationwide that has conducted a $1 billion gift campaign. Other institutions who have done so range from Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame to Emory and Vanderbilt universities.

The Dallas Morning News: SMU reaches $1 billion fundraising goal

“By raising $1 billion to support academic excellence, SMU joins distinguished company within the higher education community,” said Gerald J. Ford, SMU trustee and convening co-chair of the campaign. “This stature underscores the reality of our growth in quality and reputation. SMU is proving to be a wise and worthy investment, not only among donors, but also among the young people who will invest their futures with us as students.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

September 24, 2015|News|

2015 Common Reading author Emily St. John Mandel to speak at SMU Wednesday, Sept. 9

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, North American coverEmily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, the 2015 SMU Common Reading selection, will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at McFarlin Auditorium. The entire community is invited to attend.

Station Eleven is set 20 years after a virus has killed almost all humanity. The main characters are a traveling troupe of actors and musicians who bring performances of Shakespeare to the small and struggling human settlements that remain. The novel tells the story of the global disaster in real time and of its survivors 20 years later.

Community members, alumni, book lovers and book clubs are invited to join SMU Reads, a program that encourages reading and supports literacy in the Dallas community. SMU Reads participants can take part in other events planned by the University’s SMU Reads partner, the Dallas Public Library.

By registering to take part in SMU Reads, you will receive regular e-mails informing you about special events and gatherings. In addition, you also will qualify to purchase Station Eleven at a 10 percent discount through the SMU Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Upcoming events include survivalist training at REI, urban emergency preparedness from Dallas County health leaders at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and a pop-up performance of King Lear performed by Shakespeare Dallas.

Partners in SMU Reads include Big D Reads, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Social Venture Partners, Deep Vellum, Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Hotel, Highland Park Library, Highland Park Literary Festival, Richardson Public Library, Shakespeare Dallas, SMU Alumni Relations, the SMU Barnes and Noble Bookstore, University Park Public Library, Well Read Women of Dallas, and Wild Detectives.

For more details about events and to preregister for Mandel’s lecture visit smu.edu/smureads.

Written by Nancy George

> Visit the SMU Common Reading website

September 2, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News|

Statistician and data-journalism pioneer Nate Silver to speak in SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series May 5, 2015

Nate Silver, SMU Tate speaker

Statistician, author and blogger Nate Silver – who has earned a national spotlight with his innovative analyses of political polling – will deliver the next Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2015. Silver gives the Jones Day Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Follow Nate Silver on Twitter: @NateSilver538

Before his work in politics, Silver established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed the acclaimed sabermetric system PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers.

He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012, he called 50 of 50 states. The accuracy of Silver’s analyses and predictions, and the innovative ways in which he arrived at them, led TIME Magazine to name him one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People in April 2009. In 2013, he was listed at #1 on Fast Company magazine’s list of The 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In 2010, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog was licensed for publication by The New York Times. The site won Webby Awards for Best Political Blog from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 2012 and 2013.

> Learn more about Nate Silver’s work at FiveThirtyEight.com

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

Today, Silver is pioneering the new field of data journalism with the new FiveThirtyEight, recently relaunched in partnership with ESPN. The new format allows Silver to cover a wider range of topics, including politics, sports, science and travel. He also appears as an ESPN on-air commentator.

Silver’s first book, The Signal and the Noise, reached the New York Times best-seller list and was named the #1 best nonfiction book of 2012 by Amazon.com, as well as winning the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Silver has also contributed chapters to several books in the Baseball Prospectus series, including Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over.

Silver earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 2000. Since then, he has received four honorary doctorates.

Tuesday’s evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. They may meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Silver will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.

To ask Silver a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with the hashtag #SMUtate.

> Visit SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage

May 5, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: April 15, 2015

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on April 15.

“International Law & Israel:” Sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights, award-winning author Edwin Black will visit SMU to discuss “International Law & Israel” on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Black will be discussing the current situation in Israel in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the U.S. and the U.S. negotiations with Iran. This event is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Sponsored by SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, award-winning author and game designer Ian Bogost will visit SMU to discuss “The Mistrust of Things” on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 131 of the Dedman Life Science Building. Bogost will answer society’s obsession with “things” in a world overburdened with stuff. This event is free and open to the public.

Founders’ Day Weekend: Offering a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, SMU Founders’ Day Weekend will take place April 16-18. Founders’ Day Weekend will celebrate The Second Century Campaign and the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum, as well as serve as an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. For additional information and a full schedule, visit the Founders’ Day Weekend event webpage.

11156338_10152780279721981_739504618190428881_nSMU Spring Football Game: The SMU Mustangs football team returns to Ford Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m., for the Spring Game. With the Chad Morris era underway on the Hilltop, the game seeks to give fans a glimpse into #PonyUpTempo football. For more information, visit the Spring Football Game event webpage. 

Barefoot on the Boulevard: SMU’s annual student-sponsored celebration of green living, Barefoot on the Boulevard will take place Saturday, April 18, from 12-5 p.m., on SMU’s Bishop Boulevard. As an early Earth Day celebration, the event will feature food, music and fun with performances by individual singers and guitarists. This event is free and open to the public.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Brown Bag Lunch: The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies hosts a Brown Bag Lunch exploring “Wars and the Shifting Middle East Playing Field” on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227 of Carr Collins Hall. This lecture will feature Martin P. Adams, as he discusses his 38 years of diplomatic experience in Washington, D.C. and overseas, most recently in the Arabian Gulf. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

SMU Fashion Week 2015: The fourth annual SMU Fashion Week 2015 kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and will run through Friday, April 24. Focusing on the “Business of Fashion,” the three-day event features leading professionals in the fashion industry, as well as a fashion show. For more information, visit the SMU Fashion Week 2015 event webpage. 

April 15, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Calendar Highlights: April 8, 2015

 “For My People: A New Musical Work” featuring Randy Klein (piano) and Aurelia Williams

“For My People: A New Musical Work” featuring Randy Klein (piano) and Aurelia Williams

Margaret Walker Alexander Tribute: Celebrating the centennial of the birth of acclaimed African American poet-scholar-activist Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), SMU sponsors a free performance of “For My People: A New Musical Work”  on Wednesday, April 8. Featuring the opus’ author, Randy Klein, joined by Aurelia Williams and the Heart and Soul Singers, the performance marks SMU’s first sponsorship of the annual College Language Association (CLA) convention (April 8-11 in Dallas).The musical tribute will take place at 7 p.m., at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Clarence Muse Café Theater, 1309 Canton Street. 

Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons’ Place in a Changing Religious Landscape: Sponsored by the “Religious and American Public Life” Fellows Seminar, SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Science hosts David E. Campbell as he leads the lecture on “Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons’ Place in a Changing Religious Landscape.” A Professor of Political Science from University of Notre Dame, Campbell will discuss Mormons’ place in a changing religious landscape. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in 147 Caruth Hall.

Relay for Life: The 2015 Relay For Life of SMU will take place Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. Students, teachers and faculty are encouraged to participate in the event to make progress toward a world without cancer. For more information, visit the SMU 2015 Relay for Life event webpage. 

Honors Day Convocation: SMU’s 18th Annual Honors Convocation will take place Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. SMU community members are invited to celebrate the academic excellence achieved by SMU students. For questions regarding Honors Day Convocation, email the SMU Ceremonies department. 

SAS@SMU “The New Middle East Cold War:” The Security and Strategy Program at the SMU Tower Center hosts F. Gregory Gause, III and Ambassador Robert Jordan as they present a lecture on “The New Middle East Cold War” on Tuesday, April 14, at noon in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please RSVP via email to the Tower Center. 

Tower Center Monthly Seminar: Continuing their monthly seminar series, the SMU Tower Center presents Kate Carté Engel in a lecture entitled “The Geopolitics of Religion: Mapping Early Modern Protestant Networks in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, April 15, 1 p.m. in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall. Engel is an associate professor of religious studies specializing in early American and Atlantic religion. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

April 8, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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