SMU VP Lori White is 2015-16 chair-elect of leading professional organization for student affairs administrators


SMU VP Lori White is 2015-16 chair-elect of leading professional organization for student affairs administrators

Lori S. White, SMYSMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White has been voted 2015-16 chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for the student affairs profession. She took on her new duties after the Business Meeting at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 24, in New Orleans.

Dr. White will serve one year as chair-elect before beginning her term as board chair during 2016-17. She will serve as past board chair in 2017-18. She will also serve as a member of the Executive Committee of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

During her more than 30 years working in higher education, Dr. White has served as associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern California and has also worked at Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities and the University of California-Irvine. She has served as SMU’s VP for student affairs since 2007 and is also a clinical professor in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Her research and teaching emphases include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the NASPA Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. White earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and English from the University of California-Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 14,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories.

April 8, 2015|For the Record, News|

SMU to break ground on Dr. Bob Smith Health Center on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Artist's rendering of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center at SMU

On Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, SMU will break ground for the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, a 33,000-square-foot center designed to provide comprehensive outpatient health care to more than 11,000 SMU students throughout each school year.

A $5 million gift from the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation funded the new building named for the late Dr. Bob Smith ’44, ’46, long-time Dallas pediatrician and SMU alumnus. The funding will enable center staff to increase promotion of student wellness through health education, medical services and counseling and psychiatric services.

“From caring for some of Dallas’ youngest patients to establishing medical care facilities for patients of all ages, Dr. Bob Smith demonstrated his devotion to health care in Dallas his entire life,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This gift to name the health center honors Dr. Smith’s love of his alma mater and supports good health for all SMU students.”

The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is scheduled for completion in spring of 2016.

The new two-story building is designed to provide outpatient medical care for students, including laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services. Students will receive care from the center’s full and part-time physicians as well as from part-time specialists in dermatology, gynecology and sports medicine in ten newly equipped exam rooms with private waiting areas. The medical care area of the facility also will include two new consultation rooms for physician-patient meetings, two rooms for patient observation and a treatment room. In addition, the expanded space includes offices for the addition of dental services at the center, as well as space for extended evening and weekend hours for student care.

“The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will provide medical and mental health care with a focus on promoting wellness and sound health decision-making,” said Lori White, SMU vice president for Student Affairs. “Research shows that there is an important link between a student’s wellness and the ability to thrive academically. Encouraging students to make healthy lifestyle decisions while in college will provide them with a firm foundation for enjoying a healthy life post-college.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

December 4, 2014|News, Save the Date|

How to help students with stress during 2014 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Ludden asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, which is available online at this link.

Ludden also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

November 18, 2014|News|

Tune In: SMU takes the ‘It’s On Us’ pledge

The SMU community shows its support for It’s On Us, a nationwide campaign to end sexual assault and violence, in the latest video from Myles Taylor of SMU News.

Learn more from President R. Gerald Turner, basketball coaches Larry Brown and Rhonda Rompola, Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios and many more students, faculty, staff members and administrators – click the YouTube screen, or open this link to watch the SMU It’s On Us video in a new windowvideo

November 17, 2014|News, Tune In|

Big iDeas looks for the next big student innovation at the 2014 Pitch Contest Friday, Oct. 31

Big-iDeasWant to see what SMU’s most innovative students are up to? Take a break from Halloween activities and stop by The Big iDeas Pitch Contest on Friday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower. 

The contest is an open event for undergraduates with big ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world. After developing ideas in teams, students pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with backgrounds in innovation and entrepreneurship. Next, judges determine which ideas are “the big ones” based on what is realistic and can be developed in the next three months. The winning teams are eligible to win up to $1,000 to develop prototypes or pilots in preparation for Demo Day in late January 2015.

Click here for the Big iDeas Pitch Contest rules

Launched by SMU Provost Paul Ludden in 2008, Big iDeas inspires and empowers students to not only dream up big ideas, but to make them real. Past winners include:

  • WNSoFF4XFACT: Free Admissions Consulting Team, a non-profit that gives low-income students access to free, individualized mentoring and advice targeting every component of the college application process.
  • Oasis Express, a weekend shuttle service designed to give on-campus students easy access to local, fresh food from SMU to White Rock Lake Farmer’s Market.
  • Reading for a Reason, an annual on-campus read-a-thon that promotes literacy in young children.

For more information contact SMU Big iDeas via email or phone. 214-768-4788.

October 27, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|
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