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Meadows Theatre presents Look Homeward, Angel Dec. 3-7, 2014

LHA 9344The Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts mounts its final production of 2014 with Look Homeward, Angel, running Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel is an acclaimed 1957 adaptation by playwright Ketti Frings. Tracing the coming of age of Eugene Gant, the play is set in the small town of Altamont, North Carolina where Gant’s mother runs The Dixieland Boarding House.

The Meadows production is directed by Benard Cummings, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. Before returning to his alma mater to teach acting, Cummings performed in regional theaters across the country, as well as Off-Broadway and on episodic television. Additionally, Cummings has taught acting at SUNY-Purchase and Stella Adler/NYU, as well as the summer apprentice company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $7 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787. A full cast list can be found below.

Look Homeward, Angel

Dec. 3-5, 2014

Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

LHA 9477Crew

  • Director – Benard Cummings
  • Scenic Director – Russell Parkman
  • Costume Designer – Amanda MacArthur (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Lighting Designer – Janet Berka (M.F.A. ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Shilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Music Compositions – Derrick Horne (MFA M.M. Composition, ’16)
  • Music Advisor – Pamela E. Pagels (Music Librarian, SMU Central University Libraries)
  • Stage Manager – Alejandra Flores (B.F.A. ’16)

Cast

  • Eliza Gant – Tiana Johnson (M.F.A. ’16)
  • LHA 9215W.O. Gant – Timothy Paul Brown (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Ben Gant – Kamen Casey (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Eugene Gant – Robert George (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Helen Gant Barton – Caitlin Galloway (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Hugh Barton – Jesse Karmazin (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Luke Grant – Nick Miller (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Laura James – Dagny Sanson (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Will Pentland – George Colligan (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Dr. Maguire – Taylor Harris (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Mrs. Marie Pert – Jenna Richanne (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Jake Clatt – Blake Rhett Murray (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Clatt – Kathleen Bennett (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Madam Elizabeth – Andrea Flowers (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Miss Florry Mangle – Katy Tye (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Snowden – Madeleine Boudreaux (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Mr. Farrell – Ian Hill (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Miss Brown – Joanna Coogan (B.F.A. ’17)
  • Tarkinton – Matthew Talton (B.F.A. ’16)

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 3, 2014

rhetoric-of-genocide-bookcoverPublic Debate: SMU Debate Team vs. National Debate Team of Rwanda: Sponsored by the Meadows School’s Division of Communication Studies, SMU hosts a one-hour debate with the Rwandan national debate team Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., in Umphrey Lee Center, Room 241. The topic for the evening debate is “The United States has an obligation to take the international lead against global instances of genocide.” The SMU debate team will take the affirmative and Rwanda will take the negative. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Ben Voth or call 214-768-2787.

Christmas Worship Services: The annual Christmas Worship Services will take place Thursday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., in Perkins Chapel. These services reflect the liturgical context of the Advent season, the musical traditions of Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts, and the muliticultural environment of SMU. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2091.

Houston Faust Mount II Book Signing: The SMU Central University Libraries present a book signing for Oilfield Revolutionary: The Career of Everette Lee DeGolyer with author Houston Faust Mount II Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m., in the DeGolyer Library. The novel explores DeGolyer’s influence on oil exploration through national politics, geology and philanthropy. For additional information, visit the CUL News blog.

Meadows Symphony: Meadows School of the Arts presents Meadows Symphony Orchestra: Mozart, Weber and Strauss Friday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. The performance will feature Meadows Associate Professor Carol Leone as a soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, as well as Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.

Celebration of Lights 2014, Dec. 1, 2014

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As Thanksgiving Break comes to an end, SMU continues to usher in the 2014 holiday season with the beloved annual tradition Celebration of Lights. Sponsored by the SMU Student Foundation, this year’s ceremony will take place Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. 

The ceremony features 138,000 decorative lights, luminaries lining the sidewalks, seasonal songs performed by campus musicians, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas Story. While Celebration of Lights is a celebration rooted in tradition, this year features some new additions.

  • Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program: This year Celebration of Lights is partnering with Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program to help sponsor a record high of 82 children affected by domestic violence.
  • Live Stream: In an effort to bring Celebration of Lights to the entire SMU Community, Student Foundation will feature this year’s celebration as a live stream on smu.edu/live.

“We realized that the SMU community was more than just the students and faculty in the Dallas area but also the parents and alumni who aren’t able to come out to Dallas on a Monday evening,” said Jack Murphy, Student Foundation, Campus Events Chair. “Therefore, we chose to live-stream the event much like SMU does for convocation and graduation because Celebration is a major SMU tradition.”

For more information regarding the ceremony, email the SMU Student Foundation or Jack Murphy.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2014

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Tower Center Forum Event: As part of the Tower Center Forum, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents Ambassadors Unplugged: Antonio Garza and Mark Langdale. Moderated by Tower Center Senior Fellow Lee Cullum, the forum discussion will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., in the Jones Great Hall. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: As part of International Education Week, SMU’s International Student and Scholar Services hosts a free film screening of The Dialogue, a movie about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

Dos Prados: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents “Dos Prados: Larry Palmer’s Favorite Music for the Pascoal Caetano Oldovini Organ.” The concert features SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer performing his favorite Iberian Baroque music surrounded by the masterworks in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. This performance will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert: Directed by Dylan Smith, the Meadows Jazz Orchestra launches its 2014-15 season with the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert. Featuring an evening of traditional big band music, the concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., in the Bob Hope Theatre. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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SMU Men’s Basketball team & head coach Larry Brown

SMU Men’s Basketball: Marking the beginning of seven consecutive home games, SMU Men’s Basketball will return to Moody Coliseum to play Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: As part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, Meadows School of the Arts presents Stefan Engels as he performs classic French works. After serving as professor of organ at the prestigious University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholody” in Germany, Engels joined SMU in fall 2014 as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance. Engels debut recital will take Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff, and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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:

SMU ISSS hosts International Education Week Nov. 18-20, 2014

international-ed-week-135x100ratioPromoting cross-cultural understanding and furthering international education, SMU International Student and Scholar Services hosts International Education Week, Nov. 18-20.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.  For SMU students, faculty and staff, the week-long event includes a number of festivities provoking thought and discussion through fun activities, food and prizes.

According to Anna Lippard, SMU International Services specialist, “International Education Week is an opportunity for all SMU students to learn more about other cultures, meet international students, and to celebrate the diversity on SMU’s campus.”

Listed below includes details regarding various events and activities scheduled for SMU’s International Education Week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18 – SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair: Hosted by SMU Abroad, the SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair features over a dozen international programs. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 – International Day Celebration: A celebration lunch for international students to wear their traditional clothes, enjoy free food, dancing, entertainment and prizes. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 – The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: A free movie screening of The Dialogue, a film about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

Political and social analyst David Brooks delivers Tate Lecture, Nov. 11, 2014

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SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents political and social analyst David Brooks Tuesday, Nov. 11. 

Brooks will offer his insight and opinion on current events to continue the 33rd season of Tate Lectures. Brooks will give The Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Through his humor, insight and passion, Brooks has a gift for brining audiences face-to-face with the spirit of the times. He is a detailed observer of the American way of life and a perceptive analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.

He holds several prestigious positions as commentator:

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)Brooks’ current book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, tells the story of a fictional American couple to explain the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture and the future. His previous books, Bobos in Paradise and On Paradise Drive are in a style he calls “comic sociology” – providing descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in.” All three novels are as witty and entertaining, as they are revealing and insightful.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can got to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series

> For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

 

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 5, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 3.37.33 PMStanton Sharp Lecture: The Clements Department of History presents Redefining the Front Line: Civilians in the First World War featuring guest speaker Susan R. Grayzel. Exploring the impact of warfare on civilian populations, Grayzel will discuss the difference between “home front” and “front line.” The lecture will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Center Ballroom.

SMU Fall Dance Concert: Meadows School of the Arts presents The SMU Fall Dance Concert. Featuring four innovative contemporary works, the performance will take place Nov. 5-8 at 8 p.m., and Nov.9 at 2 p.m., in the Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

SMU Anthropology Lecture Series: Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the SMU Anthropology Lecture Series features distinguished anthropology alumni Joe Watkins. Watkins will present his work on “Telling the Stories of the Ancients – Archaeological vs. Indigenous Perspectives.” The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m., in McCord Auditorium. 

Works by Student Composers: Meadows School of the Arts presents Emerging Sounds: New Works by SMU Student Composers. From chamber electronic to traditional genres, the event features the premiere of new works by students in the SMU composition program. The performance will take place Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m., in Caruth Auditorium. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

Stampede of Service: Partnering with Interfaith Housing Coalition, Stampede of Service will take place Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This annual event seeks to bring SMU alumni, students, faculty and staff together in the spirit of service and volunteering. For additional information, visit the Stampede of Service webpage.

crest for webLuncheon to Honor U.S. Military Veterans: SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility will host a Luncheon to Honor U.S. Military Veterans Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom. Guests are encouraged to RSVP as there is limited seating. For more information, visit the Maguire Center webpage.

SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during 2014-15

10511497_696268393814394_2995925763323181267_oIn 1988, SMU’s first alternative break trips traveled to a Brownsville refugee camp and a New Orleans soup kitchen. Founded the year before, the program provided an opportunity for students to perform community service during their time off.

This year, SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks – an all-time high.

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student organization providing direct community service opportunities during every academic break. Performing service alongside reputable non-profit organizations, the AB program takes students, faculty and staff to communities in-need both domestically and internationally. Participants have the opportunity to do quality service, gain education about important social issues and reflect on how they can create positive social change.

During Fall Break 2014 (Oct. 11-14), AB offered six trips where students participated in various community service initiatives throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Sarah Day, a senior communications major in Meadows School of the Arts, participated in the San Antonio trip during her October break. Sarah addressed issues of food availability and access by working directly with individuals and families.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 3.00.10 PM“Alternative Breaks is one of the best things I have done in college. On each trip you learn so much about different social issues and because of the way AB places students into groups, you also get to experience a diversity of opinions from all over campus. Each time I come away with 10 new friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, and it has been cool to work with them to make a difference in the Dallas community once we come back,” shared Day.

Due to increased participant applications, AB added a third Winter Break trip for the first time. During the upcoming Winter Break students can travel to Austin, Ecuador or Puerto Rico.

Additionally, there are 11 domestic and international AB trips offered during Spring Break from March 8-14, 2015. These include trips to Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, New York and Texas.

For more information on any of these trips or to find the Alternative Breaks application, visit the SMU Alternative Breaks webpage.

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