student recognition

Celebrate National Student Employment Week April 11-15

Photo of student stapling cutout mustangs with names written on them on a bulletin boardMore than 1,100 students work for SMU each year, and the second week of April provides an opportunity to honor their contributions to the University.

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) has designated April 10-16 as 2011 National Student Employment Week. SMU’s Student Employment Office urges faculty and staff members to recognize student employees and have compiled a list of suggestions for an office or department celebration. Ideas range from an impromptu awards ceremony to a pizza party to a special bulletin board with pictures and notes from the staff.

> Visit SMU’s National Student Employment Week page for more ideas
> Learn more about the many types of SMU student employment online

SMU spring ceremonies honor outstanding achievement

Honors Day Convocation 2010SMU celebrates the approaching end of the 2010-11 academic year with two traditional ceremonies honoring some of its most distinguished faculty, staff and students. The 2011 Honors Day Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of April 11.

Peter Raad, founding director of the Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter at SMU and executive director of The Guildhall at SMU, will deliver the address at the 14th annual Honors Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony celebrates academic achievement at the University and department levels. Retired and current faculty will assemble 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.

> Read the list of 2011 Honors Convocation award recipients

Participating faculty members may RSVP online. Faculty members with questions regarding the faculty 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 2011 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 2010 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 open for 2010-11 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 2010-11 All-University awards. The deadline for nomination is noon Friday, Feb. 25.

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 2011 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. April 18 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.

Sports: Svendsen named C-USA Swimmer of the Year

SMU swimmer Therese Svendsen Sophomore Therese Svendsen (right) was named the 2010 Conference USA Swimmer of the Year on April 16 following her 13th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships held last month in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the C-USA Championships in Houston in February, Svendsen posted an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 52.65 seconds with her 1st-place finish in the 100 back. She also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98, helping the Mustangs to their 5th consecutive conference title. Svendsen was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2009. Read more.

The No. 27 women’s tennis team is the top seed in the 2010 Conference USA Championship running April 22-25 in Tulsa. The defending champion Mustangs (22-3) received a bye for the 1st round and will face the winner of the April 22 match between No. 8 seed Southern Miss and No. 9 seed Memphis on April 23. The team enters the championship with three ITA-ranked singles players. Sophomore Marta Lesniak is 28-5 and ranked No. 29, sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova is ranked No. 114 with 24-5, and first-year player Edyta Cieplucha ranks No. 116 with a 16-1 record. Read more.

SMU golfer Matt Schovee Sophomore Matt Schovee (left) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Academic Team, announced April 22. The team is chosen by C-USA men’s golf media relations directors and consists of students who have earned a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and are a regular participant on their team. Schovee, who plans to major in business, ranks 2nd on the squad with a 73.53 stroke average and carries a 3.67 G.P.A. He placed 5th at the National Invitational Tournament with a 215 and helped SMU to the team title at the Adams Cup with a 4th-place finish. The Mustangs will return to the links at the C-USA Men’s Golf Championship April 25-27 in Sorrento, Florida. Read more.

Student filmmakers show their work at 2010 SFA festival

SMU's SFA Student Film Festival 2010 posterSMU’s best student films of 2009-10 will be on screen and competing for awards during the 2010 Student Filmmakers’ Association Film Festival. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue at Lemmon Avenue.

Among the student films on the schedule are “Crazy Pig” and “Split,” which were showcased at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival earlier in April. The SFA will also screen some of its newest productions. Awards will be given to the best films in 7 different categories.

Both the admission and the food are free.

> RSVP to the SMU Student Film Festival on Facebook

Theatre students present ‘New Visions, New Voices’ April 21-25

SMU Meadows Theatre 'Chat Room' rehearsal photoThe Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents innovative new plays written and directed by undergraduates in its 16th annual “New Visions, New Voices” festival April 21-25.

The 2010 festival includes 2 fully produced plays. Pretty, Smart, Poetic – written by Brigham Mosley and directed by Brandon Sterrett – poses questions about a life of balance versus a life of success in a story of a family struggling to find purpose in the competing needs of logical minds, artistic souls and physical bodies.

Viriol, written by Regina Bonifasi and directed by Angelina Fiorini, follows lead character Bianca as she searches for human connection in the darkly comic world of Serai Asylum.

Alumni of previous years’ festivals have formed new theatre companies; become writers, actors and directors in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities; and gone on to study theatre at graduate schools around the country, says festival producer Gretchen Elizabeth Smith, associate professor and head of theatre studies.

“Our playwriting students have drawn praise from notable professional playwrights for their work, which reflects their talent, intellect and dedication,” she says. “This festival offers the public a wonderful opportunity to see the first material by these artists of the future.”

All performances take place in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787, (214-SMU-ARTS).

Above, sophomore theatre majors Katherine Bourne and Joel Heinrich (at right in photo) with junior theatre major McLean Krieger (center) in the October 2009 Meadows Theatre production of Chat Room by Enda Walsh. Student director Regina Bonifasi wrote a play for the 2010 “New Visions, New Voices” festival. Photo by Linda Blase.

Awards extra: SMU honors outstanding achievement in 2009-10

2010 laurelsSMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2010 Awards Extravaganza April 19.

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 13th annual Honors Day Convocation. The address was delivered by David Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory in SMU’s Dedman College, director of the QUEST Archaeological Research Program and a 2009 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences.

See the Awards Extravaganza 2010 winners list
Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2010

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Two ceremonies honor outstanding achievement

Honors Day Convocation

SMU celebrates the culmination of the 2009-10 academic year by honoring some of its most distinguished faculty, staff and students. The 2010 Honors Day Convocation and Awards Extravaganza take place on the afternoon and evening of April 19.

David Meltzer – Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory in SMU’s Dedman College, director of the QUEST Archaeological Research Program and a 2009 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences – will deliver the address at the 13th annual Honors Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony celebrates academic achievement at the University and department levels. Retired and current faculty will assemble 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. SMU Forum will link to a complete list of award winners after the ceremony.

Later, the University presents several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2010 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Winners will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

(Photo from Honors Convocation 2008 by Kim Ritzenthaler.)

2009-10 All-University award nominations due March 1

SMU community members are invited to nominate students, faculty and staff members for some of the University’s highest honors in the 2009-10 All-University awards. The deadline for nomination is noon Monday, March 1.

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 2010 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, including contact information for each award, visit the Dean of Student Life website.

Tune In: Green Minute winner highlights the sense in recycling

SMU Green Minute winner Aleksandra GaworAleksandra Gawor (right), a sophomore majoring in business and anthropology and a member of the Student Technology Assistant in Residence (STARs) team, is the winner of SMU’s Green Minute Video contest. The student contest was sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee to increase green awareness on campus.

In her 35-second spot, Gawor uses dry humor and driving music to deliver a common-sense message about recycling. Watch the winning video by clicking the YouTube screen below:

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