Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2012

SMU Athletic Forum

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2012

Piano and percussion: SMU’s Meadows School of Art invites you to the Faculty Artists and Alumni Series for piano performances by Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald. Lysinger is director of the Piano Preparatory Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts; in 2008 she created the National Piano Institute for Young Artists in collaboration with David Karp. McDonald is a pianist and current doctoral student at the Julliard School. For the second half of the program Lysinger and McDonald will be joined by percussionists Douglas Howard and Brian Jones. Howard is an adjunct associate professor of percussion for Meadows and principal percussionist and has received the Sabian Lifetime Achievement award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jones is an adjunct professor of jazz percussion at VCU. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students.

Athletic Forum: The 2012 PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues with Danica Patrick on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Patrick was the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the first woman to win an IndyCar race (the 2008 Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi). Patrick is married, lives in Arizona and ranks 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hear about her extraordinary experiences at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information, contact Jeff Lockhart, 214-768-4314.

500 Days: New York Times best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald gives SMU’s Fall 2012 William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. Eichenwald – a former investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer for The New York Times and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize – will discuss his latest book, 5oo Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror WarsThis non-fiction work takes an inside look into the decisions and dialogue of the 18 months (500 days) following the 9/11 terror attacks. The William J. O’ Neil Lecture series brings a business journalism professional to speak on campus each semester. The event is free and open to the public.

The Twelve: Author Justin Cronin visits SMU to give a lecture and book signing for his latest novel, The Twelve, at noon Friday, Nov. 2 in the Mary Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The event starts with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. Cronin, a New York Times best-selling author, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Whiting Writer’s Award. The Twelve is book 2 in his trilogy about a government experiment gone wrong that unfolds into a man-made apocalypse. This event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries; contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-3225, for more information.

Community Service Day: On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 the SMU campus community and local alumni are encouraged to participate in the 44th annual Community Service Day. Presented by the SMU LEAD and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center, community service day is one of the longest standing traditions. Service projects for this year include: redoing a rooftop garden, organizing a library, working in the thrift store and service at the Dallas Arboretum. Service will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can sign up through Mustang Trak. Contact the Community Engagement and Leadership Center at 214.768.4403 for more information.

Making music: The launch of the 2012 Faculty and Student Artist Recital Series is Saturday, Nov. 3, with Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert as the featured faculty artists of the night. Díaz, a professor of cello in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is an internationally renowned concert artist who has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Albert is a violinist, visiting artist-in-residence and director of chamber music in Meadows. Díaz and Albert will showcase their works alongside advanced students at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Happy Halloween! 

October 29, 2012|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2010

Champ, the Dallas Mavericks mascotWe’re having a party: Refreshments, free stuff, live music by SMU student Julian Spearman and special appearances by the Dallas Mavericks – plus the Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and mascot Champ (right) – will be served at the 2010 Hughes-Trigg Student Center Birthday Celebration. The party takes place noon-1 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons and is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 214-768-4498.

Hooping it up: The winningest coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history, Bobby Knight, will be the next speaker in the 2010 SMU Athletic Forum. The event takes place noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Forward thinking: SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering presents Aart de Geus (’85), chairman and CEO of Synopsys Inc., in the inaugural lecture of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall. A reception follows at 4 p.m. RSVP online or contact Erin Sutton, 214-768-2874.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Punjabi Virsa 2010Oct. 15: Square Peg Productions presents a capella singing group Straight No Chaser at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

Oct. 16: Stars of Punjabi music take the stage in the Punjabi Virsa 2010 concert tour at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Penny Sidhu, 682-225-4500, or Jagraj Singh, 972-951-0005.

Oct. 20: AEG Live presents folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

October 12, 2010|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: April 13, 2010

Chicano scholar Julian SamoraSinging strings: The Meadows Guitar Ensemble presents music spanning 3 centuries from Spain, South America and the United States at 8 p.m. April 13 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. For more information, contact the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, 214-768-1951.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The work of Julian Samora (right), the founder of Latino studies, becomes a case example of how a scholar addresses social justice in his work in an upcoming Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue. “A Struggle for Social Justice: The Chicano Voice of Julian Samora – How Does His Legacy Respond to Conservatives’ Attacks on Churches That Preach Social Justice?” takes place April 14 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Anthony Cortese and Susanne Johnson of the Department of Sociology in SMU’s Dedman College. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP to Rachel Lamb, Perkins School of Theology.

Meadows Dean Jose Bowen performing with JampactMeadows at the Bath House: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents a concert of art, music and dance with the band Jampact and digital artists Carola Dreidemie, assistant professor in the Division of Art, and Richard Klein. Jampact features Meadows Dean José Bowen (right, piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), and Meadows faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Akira Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums). SMU dance students Albert Drake and Tawanda Chebikwa will also perform. The show begins at 8 p.m. April 17 in the Bath House Cultural Center at Dallas’ White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, contact Kim Corbet.

Cowboys chat: The SMU Athletic Forum welcomes Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones, noon-1:30 p.m. April 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raul Coronado will discuss “A World Not to Come: Revolution, Modernity, and Latino Literary History, 1810-1860” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.

April 13, 2010|Calendar Highlights|

Gerhart joins Pony Express for 2009 Doak Walker Awards

Doak Walker and Legends Award winners 2009Stanford running back Toby Gerhart will receive the 2009 Doak Walker Award Feb. 19, 2010. He will join fellow honorees Eric Dickerson and Craig James, SMU’s “Pony Express,” who will receive the 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award.

The award presentation celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel. Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit of “ESPN College GameDay” will co-host.

Gerhart, a senior from Norco, California, ranks first nationally in total rushing with 1,736 yards and 160 points scored. He racked up 26 touchdowns and ten 100-yard games during the 2009 season, and has rushed for 100 or more yards 19 times in his career.

“Doak Walker taught us all, more than half a century ago, that great players perform their best in games of consequence. Toby Gerhart demonstrated the truth of that maxim during Stanford’s marvelous 2009 season. When the Cardinal needed him most, he was there. He is a most deserving winner of the 2009 Doak Walker Award,” said legendary CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist, a member of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee.

Dickerson was a two-time All-America choice for SMU, finished third in the 1982 Heisman voting and is the University’s career and single-season rushing record holder. During his 11-year NFL career, he was voted All-Pro six times and established the current NFL rushing record when he ran for 2,105 yards in 1984. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

James was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection at SMU and ranks third on the Mustangs’ all-time rushing list. He was also the first player in the SWC since 1951 to be voted All-Conference at two positions: running back and punter. During his professional career with the New England Patriots, he was the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 1985 and voted to the Pro Bowl in 1986.

“Eric Dickerson and Craig James made extraordinary contributions to their team while at SMU, and it is only appropriate that they receive this award created to honor the legacy of SMU legend Doak Walker,” said Thomas W. Codd, North Texas managing partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers. “We are proud to honor these tremendous athletes who composed one of the greatest backfields in college football history.”

The Doak Walker Award recipient is chosen annually by a 130-member National Selection
Committee comprised of members of the media and former players. The award is named after three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two SWC Championships. During his six years with the Detroit Lions, he led the team to two NFL championships and was chosen All-Pro four times. Walker is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award was created by the SMU Athletic Forum in 1998 to honor former running backs who excelled at the collegiate level and also distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities.

Learn more at the SMU Athletic Forum website

February 16, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Sports: Dickerson, James to receive Doak Walker Legends Awards

Eric Dickerson and Craig JamesEric Dickerson and Craig James, former star SMU running backs, have been named joint recipients of the 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award. The award is presented by the SMU Athletic Forum. Individuals are nominated by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, and the recipient is chosen by the Forum’s Board of Directors.

From 1979-82, Dickerson and James – collectively known as the “Pony Express” – led SMU to national prominence. In their careers, they combined for 8,192 rushing yards and 70 rushing touchdowns, which remains a NCAA career record for a duo. They led SMU to national championships in 1981 and 1982. Dickerson and James will accept their trophies at the Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Read more.

December 4, 2009|Sports|
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