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Guildhall at SMU joins the PC Gaming Alliance

Guildhall at SMU logoThe Guildhall at SMU has joined the PC Gaming Alliance, a nonprofit organization that unites hardware and software creators, game developers and publishers, and others committed to the PC gaming market with the common purpose of advancing the PC as a worldwide gaming platform.

“Having SMU join…is a big win for the organization,” says DELL’s Rick Carini, chairman of the board of the PCGA. “The PCGA’s main goal is to improve the PC gaming customer experience. SMU, as the first university to join the PCGA, will bring a unique perspective that will help balance the [organization].”

“We hope that SMU and other universities will be able to serve as the independent testing and innovation centers for PCGA and its members,” says Peter Raad, executive director of The Guildhall at SMU. “In order to fulfill our mission of providing the future professionals and leaders of the video game industry, we need to be engaged in all aspects of the value chain.”

Read more from SMU News.

By | 2008-03-20T13:31:39+00:00 March 20, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Faculty in the News: Feb. 21, 2008

Cal Jillson, Political Science, discussed the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign’s upcoming “Alamo moment” in the Texas and Ohio primaries with The Christian Science Monitor Feb. 20, 2008.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, talked about how U.S. drivers’ habits are changing with higher fuel prices with The Los Angeles Times Feb. 18, 2008. He also talked about the effect of a refinery fire in Big Spring, Texas on an already jittery oil industry with ABC’s “World News Tonight” Feb. 18, 2008. Watch online. video

Peter Raad, Hart eCenter/Guildhall at SMU, talked about Dallas’ quiet boom in the videogame industry with The Dallas Business Journal Feb. 15, 2008.

William Lawrence, Theology Dean, discussed the Light the Highway prayer movement with NPR’s “All Things Considered” Feb. 15, 2008. Listen in. audio

Gearbox Software funds new fellowship at Guildhall

Randy Pitchford and Peter RaadGearbox Software, the Plano video game development studio behind the popular Brothers in Arms franchise, is pledging scholarship funds, professional mentors and a video lab to The Guildhall at SMU, the country’s leading graduate video game development program.

The gift of $50,000 to the Fellows Scholarship Program underscores the strong working relationship between The Guildhall and Gearbox, which has hired 15 graduates of the SMU video gaming program since its inception in 2004.

“The only thing growing faster than our industry is the need for new and creative talent,” said Gearbox CEO and President Randy Pitchford. “That’s why programs like The Guildhall at SMU need our support.”

“It doesn’t really surprise me that Randy was the first industry leader to support our Fellows Scholars,” says Guildhall Executive Director Peter Raad. “He believes, as we do, that we need to find ways to ensure financial barriers do not stand in the way for the very best students to attend our program and become contributing professionals and future leaders in the dynamic video game industry.” (Left, Randy Pitchford and Peter Raad.) Read more from SMU News.

By | 2008-01-24T14:41:14+00:00 January 24, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Faculty in the News: Jan. 18, 2008

SMU faculty stayed busy over the holidays as they shared their expertise with the press and the public. Here’s a short summary of faculty media appearances during Winter Break:

Caroling on the SMU quadPeter Raad, Hart eCenter, was named one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People of 2007” by Next Generation Dec. 19, 2007.

Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, spoke on the declining tradition of Christmas caroling in USA Today Dec. 17, 2007.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed interfaith understanding and his role as featured speaker in Temple Emanu-El’s annual adult education course with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 5, 2008.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, talked about how 2007 recalls have boosted demand for U.S.-made toys in The Oregonian Dec. 25, 2007.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed Texas’ pursuit of energy diversity in The Killeen Daily Herald Dec. 31, 2007. He also spoke about the impact of the housing slump on real estate agents with the Dallas Business Journal Oct. 16, 2007

Debate tracking on CNNRita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, tracked Iowa debate viewers’ real-time responses during a Democratic presidential debate in a project undertaken with CNN. Kirk and Schill tracked viewer responses during a debate that took place Dec. 13, 2007.

Matthew Wilson and Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about differences in state and national political polling with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29, 2007. Jillson also discussed New Jersey’s vote to abolish the death penalty with Reuters Dec. 14, 2007.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed what the U.S. Congress’ energy bill compromise means for North Texas pollution control with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2007.

Rick Halperin, History, discussed the phenomenon of European women befriending Texas death-row inmates with The Seattle Times Oct. 16, 2007. In addition, he coauthored an op-ed urging repeal of the death penalty that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Dec. 22, 2007.

Guildhall students choose annual Top 10

super-mario-galaxy-300.jpgCutting-edge games ranging from the all-ages adventure of Super Mario Galaxy to the chilling morality play of BioShock have made The Guildhall at SMU‘s 2007 Top 10 Video Games to give for the holidays. The list is chosen each year by Guildhall students specializing in video game art creation, level design and software development. Read more.


By | 2007-12-06T14:46:12+00:00 December 6, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: , , |
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