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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
During 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.
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.