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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

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.

SMU honors outstanding achievement at 2012-13 Extravaganza

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 2013 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 15.

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 16th annual Honors Day Convocation. The address was delivered by Paige Ware, associate professor of teaching and learning in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Ware, a Ford Research Fellow, is an expert on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness.

Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2013

Find the the Awards Extravaganza 2013 winners list after the jump.

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SMU Honors Day 2013 is Monday, April 15

SMU celebrates the high achievements of students, faculty and staff members with two ceremonies that take place every third Monday of April. This year’s Honors Day Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 15, 2013.

2013 Honors Day Convocation award recipients

Paige Ware, associate professor of teaching and learning in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will deliver the address during the 16th Honors Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony celebrates academic achievement at the University and department levels. Ware, a Ford Research Fellow, is an expert on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness.

Retired and current faculty will assemble for Honors Day 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 Day Convocation via live streaming April 15 on the Registrar’s website

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 2013 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Awards Extravaganza honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

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

Nominations open for SMU’s 2012-13 All-University Awards

Stock photo of laurel wreath, signifying high honorsSMU community members are invited to nominate students, faculty and staff members for some of the University’s highest honors in the 2012-13 All-University awards. The deadline for nomination is noon Wednesday, 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 2013 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 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.

Chaplain’s Office presents 2012 Peace & Justice honors April 25

Rev. Bruce Buchanan, recipient of SMU's 2012 Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice FellowshipRev. Bruce Buchanan, associate pastor of community ministries in Dallas’ First Presbyterian Church, will receive SMU’s 2012 Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship during an 11:30 a.m. lunch and reception Wednesday, April 25, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

He will deliver the Cooper Fellowship Lecture, “The Art of Turning Corners,” at noon.

Rev. Buchanan is responsible for program and policy design and oversight for First Presbyterian’s downtown social ministries, including The Stewpot. He oversees the daily operation of the soup kitchen for the homeless, as well as the church’s community casework services and its year-round educational programs for inner-city children, including a college scholarship incentive program. He has overseen the development of a dental and a medical clinic, supported the creation of an arts program, and developed the annual Stewpot Talent Show.

His service to Dallas and North Texas includes work with The Homeless Consortium for the City of Dallas, the Texas Homeless Network, Interfaith Community Ministries Network, Dallas Area Service to the Homeless, and Shelter Ministries of Dallas.

Rev. Buchanan received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and B.A. degrees in history and political science from Wagner College, both in New York City.

SMU senior Shirin Tavakoli, recipient of the 2012 McElvaney Peace and Justice AwardSMU senior Shirin Tavakoli will receive the 2012 William K. McElvaney Peace and Justice Award during the event. Tavakoli, who majors in political science, international studies and human rights with a minor in history, helped establish a campus chapter of the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA evidence and reforming public policy to prevent future injustice. The Tower Center Undergraduate Research Fellow’s human rights work includes participation and leadership with the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the University’s Amnesty International chapter.

The Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship was founded in 1992 upon Cooper’s retirement as SMU Associate Chaplain. It was created with gifts from Cooper’s friends, co-workers in the chaplaincy, The Dallas Peace Center and Northaven United Methodist Church.

The William K. McElvaney Peace and Justice Award was established in 1993 by friends of McElvaney to honor his lifelong commitment to peace, justice and civil rights on the occasion of his retirement from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. The award recognizes the peace and justice work of one or more SMU students and provides a stipend to be used in the advancement of peace and justice activities.

> Visit SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life online

SMU honors outstanding achievement at 2011-12 Extravaganza

2011 laurelsSMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2012 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 16.

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 15th annual Honors Day Convocation. The address was delivered by Jodi Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and recipient of a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award of more than $1 million for her research toward detecting the particles that are believed to make up dark matter.

> Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2012

Find the the Awards Extravaganza 2012 winners list after the jump.

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SMU honors high achievement during 2012 spring ceremonies

As the 2011-12 academic year draws to a close, SMU celebrates with two ceremonies honoring some of its most distinguished faculty, staff and students. This year’s Honors Day Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 16, 2012.

Jodi Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will deliver the address during the 15th Honors Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony celebrates academic achievement at the University and department levels. Cooley, a member of the team collaborating on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) experiment, has received a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award of more than $1 million for her research toward detecting the particles that are believed to make up dark matter.

Read the list of 2012 Honors Day Convocation award recipients

Retired and current faculty will assemble for Honors Day 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 follows the Convocation in the Dallas Hall Quadrangle.

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 2012 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Awards Extravaganza honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

Photo from Honors Day Convocation 2011 by Hillsman S. Jackson

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

Nominations now open for SMU’s 2011-12 All-University Awards

Stock photo of laurel wreath, signifying high honorsSMU community members are invited to nominate students, faculty and staff members for some of the University’s highest honors in the 2011-12 All-University awards. The deadline for nomination is noon Monday, 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 2012 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 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 website.

Extra: SMU honors outstanding achievement in 2010-11 awards ceremonies

2011 laurelsSMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2011 Awards Extravaganza April 11.

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 14th annual Honors Day Convocation. The address was delivered by Peter Raad, founding director of the Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter at SMU and executive director of The Guildhall at SMU.

> Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2011

Find the the Awards Extravaganza 2011 winners list after the jump.

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