SMU’s Simmons School honors advocates for education with 2015 Luminary Awards

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

SMU’s Simmons School honors advocates for education with 2015 Luminary Awards

SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development honored three outstanding advocates for students from pre-K through college with 2015 Luminary Awards on Thursday, Jan. 22.

This year’s honorees:

Michael Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn CollegeMichael Sorrell, president of Dallas’ Paul Quinn College, has brought new recognition, programs and funding to the 142-year-old historically black college. A former Dallas attorney and special assistant to President Bill Clinton’s executive staff, Sorrell and the college have received awards including the 2012 Historically Black College and Universities Male President of the Year, 2012 Top Liberal Arts HBCUs in America and 2013 HBCU Best Business Program.

Even as Sorrell develops his vision for Paul Quinn, he continues his own education: He is an Ed.D. candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s executive doctorate in higher education management program.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children logo• The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas developed the first definition of dyslexia in 1968. Waites had established in 1965 one of the first programs in the world to identify and treat children with learning disorders, particularly dyslexia. Since then, the center’s team has demonstrated that, through research, evaluation and treatment, children with dyslexia can learn to read and be successful despite their learning differences.

The Dyslexia Training Program, a two-year intervention program, was developed at the Waites Center and is used throughout the United States. Medical Director Jeffrey Black and Administrative Director Gladys Kolenovsky lead the Waites Center, which provides diagnostic evaluations and recommendations for hundreds of children with learning disorders each year. The center also provides training for teachers and learning therapists and sponsors research on the causes and treatment of dyslexia.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America logoBig Brothers, Big Sisters of America was created in 1904 to bring role models into the lives of at-risk children. Today the mentoring program serves 300,000 children in the United States and 12 countries, providing and monitoring one-to-one volunteer mentors who develop positive relationships with children ages 6 to 18. Big Brothers, Big Sisters also sponsors African American, Native American and Hispanic mentoring programs in addition to programs for children of military parents and children of incarcerated parents.

Research shows that children in the program get along better with their families and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Participation in Big Brothers, Big Sisters also has a measurable, positive effect on education. Research shows that 87 percent of children in the program maintained or improved in their educational expectations and 84 percent maintained or improved their grades. Participants are more likely to graduate from high school and reach a higher lever of education. Pam Iorio, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, accepted the award.

“This year’s awards show the power of individuals,” said David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean. “We see mentors give of themselves as they become a consistent presence in the lives of boys and girls who need them. We find teachers and doctors taking extra steps and care to treat children with learning disorders. And lastly, we look to a true leader in higher education who rebuilds confidence and direction in a historically black college. Their work exemplifies what all of us can do to elevate what’s important to the development of children and youth.”

The Luminary Award was created in 2009 by the Simmons School to honor individuals and organizations that have shown an extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education. The award is given annually to a local, regional and national recipient.

January 26, 2015|For the Record, News|

Running teams wanted: 2013 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge

SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge logoInterested in participating in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, but shrink from the thought of running all 26.2 miles? SMU’s Cox School of Business invites all University faculty and staff members to join forces and conquer one of Dallas’ landmark events.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge brings corporate teams of five to tackle the world-renowned Dallas Marathon course in stints of approximately five miles each.

The Cox School is in its 8th year as a sponsor of the event and hosts an awards gala for the winning teams each January.

Relay teams compete in a variety of categories, including fastest team and youngest and oldest average team age. Presenting sponsor Behringer Harvard awards a total of $30,000 in the names of winning teams’ companies to the marathon’s beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

“I hope SMU faculty and staff will consider entering a team in the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge,” says Kevin Knox, assistant dean of external relations at SMU Cox. “It’s a great way to experience a truly inspiring community-building event while supporting the worthy cause of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and its patients.”

SMU faculty and staff members who participate in the Wellpower program can set up a personal challenge for running the Cox Corporate Relay Challenge. Contact SMU’s Baylor Health Coach Paige Shouse before beginning the challenge – she will make sure it meets the general criteria and help you set goals, measurement and tracking.

> More information on SMU Wellness Personal Challenges

All Corporate Relay teams will be invited to an awards reception to be held at the University’s Collins Executive Education Center in the weeks after the race.

Each five-person Corporate Relay Challenge entry costs $275 through Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 and $300 from Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 1. The Challenge is a popular event and usually sells out by November, says Kasi Zieminski, associate marketing director for the Cox School.

For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com. SMU team captains can contact Kasi Zieminski before registering to receive a $5 team discount.

September 25, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Cox School announces winners of children’s hospital fundraiser

cox-corporate-relay-logo.gifSMU’s Cox School of Business and the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors have announced the results from the 2009 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard.

The program, now in its 4th year, consists of 5-person relay teams who each participate in the full MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon relay (26.2 miles total). The 2009 race took place Dec. 13. Winning relay teams in a variety of categories share a purse of $30,000 in prize money, given directly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in the names of their respective corporations.

The awards were presented Jan. 19 at a reception in the Cox School’s Collins Executive Education Center.

“The Cox School is honored to co-sponsor the Corporate Relay Challenge with Behringer Harvard,” said Al Niemi, Cox dean. “We are committed to strengthening the community in which we live and work, and this event allows us to do so by supporting the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”

The 2009 winners:

  • Fastest Corporate Team (first corporate team to finish relay) – BNSF Velocity, 2 hours, 43 minutes and 57 seconds.
  • Most Corporate Teams (based on total number of 5-person teams completing the relay) Sewell, 13 teams total
  • Oldest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 13, 57.2 years
  • Youngest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 9, 21.6 years

“The Corporate Relay Challenge is a great example of how deeply entrenched corporations in Dallas are in community support efforts,” said Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors. “By participating in the Corporate Relay Challenge, they are not only involved in the biggest single-day spectator event in Dallas, but also support our extremely worthy beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”

Find a complete winners list at SMU News

January 26, 2010|News|
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