staff recognition

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 16, 2014

b1830bce49be4c75ad18f2a0ce3f98f5World Changing 101: SMU Hegi Career Development Center presents World Changing 101: Why Should You Do Public Service? Featuring representatives from Teach for America, Peace Corps, CityYear and CitySquare, guests will explore how public service experiences apply to future careers. The event will take place Thursday Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, Room 138. For more information contact Devon Skerritt or visit the event webpage. 

Comini Lecture Series: The Comini Lecture Series presents “Oracle’s Signs (and Sounds): An Iconographic Exploration of the Ancient Andean Gods’ Images.” Guided by Marco-Curatola-Petrocchi, Professor at the Catholic University of Peru, the lecture will examine how Andean deities “spoke” to their priests. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., in the Greer Garson Screening Room. For more information call 214-768-1222.

Music at Meadows: SMU Organist and Professor of Harpsichord and Organ, Larry Palmer presents “Scarlatti’s Cat.” During a short program on the Museum’s Oldovini Organ, Palmer will play the 1762 instrument built for the Cathedral of Evora in Portugal. The performance will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. For more information call 214-768-4677.

Museum Evening Lecture: The Meadows Museum hosts “Into the Realm of the Imaginative: The Portraiture of Zuloaga, Goya and El Greco.” The evening lecture will examine portraiture, an artistic genre in which all three artists made great achievements. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium. For more information call 214-768-4677.

Larry Palmer. Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Larry Palmer. Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Meadows Wind Ensemble: The Meadows Wind Ensemble presents “The French Connection.” Featuring a menu of works by composers who share a “connection” to France, the program will also honor faculty artist and professor Larry Palmer as he celebrates his 45th year at SMU Meadows. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty and staff. The event will take place Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. 

SMU Football: SMU Mustangs will play Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m., at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Meadows Museum Art Activity: The Meadows Museum hosts “Drawing from the Masters.” Providing an opportunity to explore a variety of drawing techniques, guest artist Ian O’Brien will lead participants through the Meadows Museum‘s galleries. Attendance is limited to 20 and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. The activity will take place Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Meadows Museum. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 10, 2014

As neighborhood demographics changed, the Anshe Sphard Synagogue became an escuela (school) for Mexican-American children in the Pike Park neighborhood.

As Pike Park neighborhood demographics changed, the Anshe Sphard Synagogue became a school for Mexican-American children.

Pike Park Exhibit Opening: With help from members of the Meadows School of the Arts, three local organizations are presenting “Uptown’s Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 Years of Settlement,” an exhibit that traces the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants in Dallas. The exhibit will be at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street, Sept. 12 – Oct. 18, and is presented by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and the Latino Cultural Center. For more information contact the Dallas Jewish Historical Society at 214-239-7120 or Dallas Mexican American Historical League at 214-236-7673.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble Plays the Classics: The Meadows Wind Ensemble has become an annual tradition, and never fails to be a favorite amongst musicians and audiences alike. This year’s program will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. For more information call 214-768-2787.

Heart Walk Dallas 2013

Walkers stream across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during Dallas Heart Walk 2013. SMU will field more than 30 teams during the 2014 event.

Join SMU at the Dallas Heart Walk: Faculty, staff, family members and friends are encouraged to join SMU at Reunion Tower for the Dallas Heart Walk, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The walk is a 3-mile, non-competitive walk to raise awareness about heart health and wellness. For more information visit the Dallas Heart Walk website or contact wellpower@smu.edu.

SMU Common Reading presents NoViolet Bulawayo: Common Reading author and SMU alumna NoViolet Bulawayo returns to her alma mater Monday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. to discuss her book We Need New Names. The 2014 PEN/Hemingway award-winner tells the story of a spunky 10-year-old in her journey from Zimbabwe to America. The event will take place in Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 3, 2014

Meadows School’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: International concert artists Alexander Kobrin and Emanuel Borok present the first of three concerts devoted to the complete collection of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. The performance will take place in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Larry Palmer, Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Larry Palmer, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Faculty Recital featuring Larry Palmer: For his 45th annual faculty recital, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer will play organ works by Saint-Saens, Bach, De Gringy, Calvin Hampton, Wilbur Held and Thomas Hewitt-Jones. Also featured will be harpsichord works by Rameau, Bussoni, Hessenberg, Fredrico Mompou and Domenico Scarlatti. The performance is free and open to the public and will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Monday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.

After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy: Join two of the country’s most respected strategic thinkers, Hal Brands and Barry R. Posen, for a provocative discussion regarding the American grand strategy for maintaining national security. The event will take place in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to tower@smu.edu if you are interested in attending or have any additional questions.

Faculty Senate honors five with 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards

SMU’s Faculty Senate honored five outstanding staff members with 2014 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards during its last meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, April 30.

In addition to the award, each honoree received a tote bag containing items ranging from gift certificates to performance passes to SMU Basketball T-shirts. The gifts were donated by SMU Athletics, the SMU Bookstore, SMU Dining Services, Meadows Museum and Meadows Theatre.

This year’s winners:

  • Sandra Blackstone, Finance, Cox School of Business
  • Amy Dahmann, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Judy Gibbons, Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology
  • Cliff Gould, Parking Services, Parking and ID Card Services
  • Pam Henderson, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Meadows School of the Arts

Photos of each winner with Faculty Senate President Santanu Roy have been posted to the Faculty Senate website’s Awards and Recognitions Archive.

SMU hails outstanding achievement at 2013-14 Awards Extravaganza, Honors Convocation

2013 laurelsSMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2014 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 21.

> See images from Honors Convocation 2014 at SMU News

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 17th Honors Convocation. The address was delivered by Eric Bing, professor of global health in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Bing, who holds a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute as senior fellow and director of global health, has developed and managed global health programs in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, including HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Rwanda, Angola, Nigeria, Namibia, Belize and Jamaica.

Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2014

See the Awards Extravaganza 2014 winners list under the link.

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Three cheers: SMU Honors Day 2014 is Monday, April 21

Photo from SMU Honors Convocation 2013 by Kim RitzenthalerEvery third Monday in April, SMU takes a day to celebrate the high achievements of students, faculty and staff members in two different ceremonies.

This year’s Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 21, 2014.

2014 Honors Convocation award recipients (coming soon)

Eric Bing will deliver the address during the 17th Honors Convocation – celebrating academic achievement at the University and department levels – at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Bing is professor of global health in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He has a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute as senior fellow and director of global health.

Bing has developed and managed global health programs in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, including HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Rwanda, Angola, Nigeria, Namibia, Belize and Jamaica. At the Bush Institute, he has initiated worldwide health initiatives, including serving as co-leader of the Institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, an $85 million public-private program designed to combat cervical and breast cancer in Africa and Latin America. In addition, he has published more than 90 articles and abstracts. His book, Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions in Global Health and Poverty, was released in May 2013.

Retired and current faculty will assemble for Honors Convocation in academic dress no later than 5:10 p.m. in the Perkins Administration Building lobby and will process together to McFarlin Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Dallas Hall Quadrangle.

Watch Honors Convocation via live streaming Monday, April 21 at smu.edu/live

Participating faculty members may RSVP online. Faculty members with questions regarding the procession can send an e-mail to ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Later, the University presents several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2014 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. SMU Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios will speak at the event. Awards Extravaganza honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

Photo from Honors Convocation 2013 by Kim Ritzenthaler

Find more information on Honors Convocation at the Registrar’s website
Learn more about the Awards Extravaganza from SMU Student Life

SMU’s 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Thursday, March 6

SMU Staff Recognition Ceremony 2014 invitationThe SMU Staff Association presents its 13th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address.

Winners of the 2014 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards will be honored during the event. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

>  Learn more at the Staff Association homepage

Nominations open for SMU’s 2013-14 All-University Awards

Stock photo of laurel wreath, signifying high honorsIt’s time for the SMU community to nominate students, faculty and staff members for some of the University’s highest honors. The deadline for nomination in the 2013-14 All-University awards is noon Thursday, Feb. 27.

Criteria and nomination forms are available online for the following honors:

Individuals may be nominated or may nominate themselves for one or more awards. Recipients will be announced during the Spring 2014 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, including past “M” Award winners and contact information for each award, visit the Dean of Student Life awards homepage.

Nominations now being accepted for 2013 SMU staff awards

UPDATE: Nomination deadlines for all 2013 staff awards have been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Find links to award criteria and nominating materials in this post.

Originally published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

The SMU Staff Association is now accepting nominations for the University’s 2013 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award. This year’s deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The Presidential Staff Recognition Awards “recognize the contribution and excellence of staff employees to SMU,” and the nomination and selection process is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

The awards will be presented at the 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6. Each Presidential award includes a $1,000 cash prize, and each carries unique criteria:

  • New Employee Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with SMU for 1 to 3 consecutive years.
  • Continuing Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with the University for 4 or more consecutive years.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, given to a staff member who supervises 1 or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”
  • Innovation Award, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

> Review the criteria for the Presidential Staff Recognition Awards

The Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award is presented by the SMU Staff Association to permanent full-time employees “who have exemplified the qualities and characteristics of Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins as a member of the University community by demonstrating integrity, productivity and devotion to SMU and family.”

The award was endowed by Dallas E. Hawkins II to honor his mother and her life as well as to benefit the university she served as a staff member from 1924 to 1961.

> Learn more about Loretta and about the award bearing her name

Hawkins Award nominees must have been permanent, full-time SMU staff employees for at least 5 five years as of the month of the nomination deadline and be in good standing with the University. The award includes a cash prize of $1,500.

Students, supervisors, employees, co-workers and colleagues are welcome to submit nominations for all awards. Honorees will be named at the 2013 Staff Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Find lists of past Presidential and Hawkins award winners

Send Presidential Staff Recognition Award nominations to SMU Human Resources, to the attention of Rebecca Sampson, SMU Box 232. Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award nominations may be sent to Staff Association President Darrah Rippy, SMU Box 181. Mark all nomination materials confidential.

Download Presidential Award criteria and nomination forms from SMU Human Resources
Find Loretta Hawkins Award criteria and nomination forms at the Staff Association homepage

Celebrate SMU at the 2013 President’s Picnic May 23

SMUSA President's Picnic flyer 2013Even after Commencement, SMU staff members will have plenty of reason to party on the green University lawns: The Staff Association and President R. Gerald Turner invite all SMU staff members to the 2013 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. The festivities will include picnic food favorites and several prize contests. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online

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