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Tune In: Sharing new knowledge at SMU Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Day. Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event gives participants opportunities to network with students in different programs, to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share the outstanding research being done at the University.

Revisit a few of the nearly 90 presentations in this video by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to view, or click this link to watch SMU’s 2012 Research Day video in a new window.

Tune In: SMU celebrates 2012 Engaged Learning Day Feb. 13

SMU celebrates Engaged Learning Day 2012 on Monday, February 13, with a series of events aimed at encouraging students to take their learning experience beyond the classroom by tackling real-world problems.

Activities will include an open house at the Office of Engaged Learning in the lower level of Clements Hall, as well as workshops and presentations by students who are currently completing projects.

“We want students to ask themselves ‘What do you care about?’ and ‘What are you going to do about it?’” says Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning. “Answering these questions will hopefully inspire them to imagine and make a project happen, a project that links to their SMU education.”

Learn more now with the University’s updated Engaged Learning video for 2012 by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start watching, or click here to open SMU’s Engaged Learning 2012 promotional video in a new windowvideo

> Find a complete schedule at SMU News
> Visit the Office of Engaged Learning online at smu.edu/engagedlearning

Tune In: Keeping the dream alive at Unity Walk 2012

SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White joined student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators for SMU’s 2012 Unity Walk on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The walk is an integral event in the University’s annual Dream Week, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click the YouTube screen to see highlights – or click here to open a new window for the 2012 Unity Walk video, featuring excerpts from Dr. King’s 1966 speech at SMUvideo

Sports: SMU celebrates BIG EAST, big bowl victory Jan. 19, 2012

The BIG EAST welcomes SMU via this Times Square electronic billboard

The BIG EAST Conference welcomed SMU via an electronic billboard in Times Square Dec.13, 2011.

SMU celebrates its move to the BIG EAST Conference – and its victory in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl – with a campuswide gathering at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. The entire campus community is invited to attend.

Athletes and coaches from the Mustang athletic teams will meet with the community, and the BBVA Compass Bowl trophy will be present for viewing.

The University will provide online streaming video coverage for those who cannot attend. Bookmark smu.edu/live to watch the event via your web browser or mobile device. Streaming begins approximately 30 minutes before the event start time.

> Read the official press release on the BIG EAST move
> Get more information from the SMU Athletics BIG EAST FAQ
> Watch the BIG EAST celebration live at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 video
> Join the Mustang Club online

Tune In: An SMU trustee’s advice to December 2011 graduates

The SMU community celebrated the graduation of about 950 students in ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, with business and civic leader Carl Sewell (’66) as the featured speaker.

“SMU is your university,” Sewell told the graduates and their families and friends gathered in SMU’s Moody Coliseum. “You have been a part of the greatest academic growth in the history of this university…and it clearly is on the path to becoming a great university.”

Sewell, past chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, is chairman of Sewell Automotive Companies, a national leader in the automotive industry and an innovator in establishing customer service standards. He shared his service philosophy and practices in the best-selling book Customers for Life, which has sold more than 1 million copies in 17 languages.

Sewell offered four major pieces of advice for the graduates:

  • Find a mentor.
  • Think about what you read and how much you read. Make the reading of a serious book something you do at least once every six months.
  • Decide how good you want to be, and how much time you want to devote to it.
  • Learn from failures. (He mentioned his long history of working with GM, and how he has learned from that company’s failures.

Click the YouTube screen to hear more, or click here to watch video of Carl Sewell’s December graduation speech in a new window.

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Tune In: Spy-themed mini-movie is SMU’s 2011 Green Minute winner

A winner has been selected in SMU’s 2011 Green Minute Video Competition, and his name is Barnard…Lance Barnard.

The first-year student from Sherman Oaks, California, took home the grand prize of an iPad2 for his “Mission: Possible”- themed Green Minute.

In addition, Barnard’s mini-movie – in which he portrays a superspy sleuthing out ways to reduce, reuse and recycle on campus – was screened at TEDxKids @SMU and TEDxSMU on Dec. 2-3.

SMU first-year student Lance Barnard

Lance Barnard

Barnard, who plans to major in finance and psychology, participated in his environmental club in high school and said he entered the video contest because he was looking for ways to get involved in similar activities at SMU.

The second-place winner was Ryan Tanner, a first-year student from Arizona, who received a 22-inch flat-screen TV. Third place went to Anh-Thuy Nguyen of Vietnam, a Master’s degree candidate in Meadows School of the Arts; she received a $50 Starbucks gift card.

Sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee, the Green Minute Video Competition is designed to foster concern for the environment in the campus community. Now in its third year, the contest challenges students to produce a one-minute video that encourages environmentally responsible behavior on the Hilltop.

“This contest is as fun for us as it is for the students,” said Eric English, co-chair of the SMU Sustainability Committee. “The videos do a terrific job of spreading the sustainability message on and off campus, and we feature them at various events throughout the year.”

> See all three prize-winning videos courtesy of SMU News Video
> Visit Sustainability @ SMU online

Meadows Wind Ensemble enjoys ‘An Evening With Genghis Barbie’ Oct. 14, 2011

The Meadows Wind Ensemble of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, under the direction of Jack Delaney, welcomes New York City’s “hottest classical, pop, rock, jazz, indie, alternative, punk, electro-acoustic ensemble” for a Friday evening show.

The all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie joins the MWE at 8 p.m. Friday, October 14 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The group – composed of Freedom Barbie, Velvet Barbie, Electric Barbie and Attila the Horn – is considered one of the most innovative and energetic chamber ensembles on the music scene. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Genghis Barbie are classically trained players who studied at Juilliard or the Manhattan School of Music, and are dedicated to distinctive, interactive and personal performances. The Meadows concert is part of their inaugural U.S. tour.

The program will include Richard Strauss’ Vienna Philharmoniker Fanfare, noted for its striking brass textures, and Robert Schumann’s virtuoso showcase Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Wind Ensemble. Also to be performed are Eric Ewazen’s Symphony in Brass, Circuits by Cindy McTee and Minute Fanfare, a rousing work for eight horns by SMU student composer Vince Gover.

Genghis Barbie also will present a free master class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Caruth Auditorium. The class will be hosted by Gregory Hustis, principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Meadows adjunct professor.

Listen to the Genghis Barbie rendition of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” in a new window, or click the YouTube screen at right.

> Read more from SMU News
> Learn more about Genghis Barbie at their official website
> Visit the Meadows Wind Ensemble online

Tune In: Happy birthday, Simmons Hall

On Sept. 23, 2011, the SMU community celebrated the first birthday of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, which was dedicated during Family Weekend 2010

Annette Caldwell Simmons, President R. Gerald Turner and Leon Simmons Dean David Chard joined faculty, staff and students for birthday cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Click the YouTube screen to watch a brief video by Eva Parks of SMU News, or visit this link to open the Simmons Hall birthday party video in a new window. video

> More about the 2010 Simmons Hall dedication

Tune In: ABC News brings ‘Made in America’ to SMU Sept. 19

ABC World News' 'Made in America' on the SMU campusDuring the summer of 2011, an ABC News team responded to a Twitter message from first-year SMU student Monica Resendiz, who wanted to use only products made in America to furnish her residence hall room.

Now, the nation can see the result of that dialogue on “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” which will feature the University on a multi-part segment of its popular “Made in America” series beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Set your DVR or tune in to the ABC station on your cable or satellite service. (Right, SMU students pose with the show’s banner during the ABC News visit to campus.)

> Learn more at ABC’s “Made in America” homepage
> Find a list of American companies and products at the Made in America Resource Guide

Tune In: SMU dedicates Centennial Quad and new interactive exhibit

SMU’s Second Century celebration gained new momentum Sept. 9, 2011, with the dedication of the R. Gerald Turner Centennial Quadrangle, the Cooper Centennial Fountain and the Gail O. and R. Gerald Turner Turner Centennial Pavilion, as well a new interactive exhibit.

Centennial Hall, located on the first level of Hughes-Trigg Student Center, includes a historical timeline, videos, interactive features and tributes to the various communities associated with SMU, such as Dallas and the Park Cities. The exhibit includes electronic multiplayer quizzes about SMU through the years, as well as opportunities for visitors to add their reflections and hopes for SMU’s future.

Click the YouTube screen to see an SMU News video of the day’s festivities, or open this link to watch the Centennial Quad dedication video in a new window. video

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