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TEDxSMU 2012 offers live webcasts Nov. 30-Dec. 1

TEDxSMU and its companion event, TEDxKids @SMU, return for another celebration of “Ideas Worth Spreading” Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012, in a new and larger venue: Dallas City Performance Hall. Both events will be streamed live as free webcasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the TEDxSMU website.

Speakers include New York Times Magazine-lauded playwright and Meadows Prize winner Will Power, PBS KIDS marketing guru Lesli Rotenberg, “Pay It Forward” leader Charley Johnson and dozens of other speakers.

The TEDxSMU program is built around rapid-fire, highly visual talks and performances, all wrapped around a theme this year of re:THINK. Among the presenters is Christian Genco of Colleyville, Texas – an SMU senior computer science major who has created a unique experiment in playing music by sampling various foods. Genco will be a presenter at both TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU. Click the YouTube screen to watch him play The Star-Spangled Banner with fruits, vegetables and a beverage straw, or click this link to see Christian Genco’s performance in a new window.

“We are just pumped about the speakers and topics this year,” said TEDxSMU Executive Director Sharon Lyle. “This is our fourth year, now, and we can track real change in the Dallas area tied to people who were inspired to act after attending TEDxSMU. I can’t tell you how exciting that is.”

Tickets sales for TEDxSMU 2012 are closed, but the live-stream is free and designed to help the conversations that start at TEDxSMU get bigger, travel further and find new audiences.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Read the full story from SMU News
> Watch TEDxKids @SMU live Nov. 30, 2012
> Watch TEDxSMU live Dec. 1, 2012

SMU centennial party continues with 2012 Founders’ Day festivities

Fireworks over Dallas Hall at SMU Founders' Day 2011. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU marked its inaugural Founders' Day in 2011 with an unusual display of daytime fireworks over Dallas Hall. Photo credit: Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU celebrates 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend April 20-21 with events ranging from a movie night on the quad to a “Picnic With the Profs” to Family Day at Meadows Museum.

The public festivities begin Friday, April 20 with groundbreaking for the University’s new Residential Commons as part of the Centennial Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza. The event will be marked by the laying of a Centennial Cornerstone, a permanent tribute to the 100-year evolution of SMU’s campus and a new era of campus development.

Activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2012 President’s Briefing.

Finally, SMU students and community members will meet up for popcorn, cotton candy and a free screening of “Forrest Gump” during Community Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the Main Quad, hosted by the SMU Program Council. Pack a picnic basket and bring blankets, lawn chairs and nonalcoholic beverages.

On  Saturday, April 21, the University will welcome back alumni from the classes of 1961 and earlier for the 2012 Golden Mustangs reunion.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. that day, Meadows Museum hosts a Family Day celebration featuring knights, falconers, and SMU student performers with activities and medieval fun for all ages. Highlights include tours of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, and its stunningly preserved 15th-century tapestries depicting the conquests of Asilah and Tangier by Afonso V, King of Portugal.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

Find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website
Relive memories of the first Founders’ Day Weekend with this SMU News video video

Are you smarter than a supercomputer? SMU discusses ‘IBM at 100’

IBM master inventor Romilea Flores will simulate the now-famous appearance of Watson the computer on the television game show Jeopardy! when she speaks at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering Friday, March 30, 2012. The event, which will pit SMU students against faculty in answering Jeopardy!-style questions, begins at 2:30 p.m. in Vester Hughes Auditorium, Room 147, Caruth Hall.

Flores will share her behind-the-scenes view of the IBM computer that uses natural language to answer questions in a human fashion (and is named for the computing giant’s first president, Thomas J. Watson). She will also talk about what’s in store for this path-breaking creation.

Watson, the IBM supercomputer, as depicted in its avatar

IBM's Watson, in avatar form.

In 2011, as a test of its abilities, Watson competed in a three-episode Jeopardy! contest for charity that remains the only human-vs.-machine match-up in the show’s history. In a two-game match, Watson beat both Brad Rutter, the game show’s biggest all-time money winner (more than $3.2 million), and Ken Jennings, the record holder for the longest championship streak (74 wins). IBM divided Watson’s $1 million first prize between two charities: international humanitarian organization World Vision and the World Community Grid, an initiative to build the world’s largest public computing grid to aid projects that benefit humanity, such as new treatments for HIV/AIDS, cancer research and affordable water purification.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, SMU alumnus and senior IBM leader Marty Salfen will discuss “IBM at 100: Reinventing the Modern Corporation” in Vester Hughes Auditorium. Salfen will offer a look at the key lessons IBM has learned about how to survive and thrive – examining how companies, institutions and, most importantly, individuals can get out ahead of change in today’s technologically integrated environment.

Click the YouTube screen to see a short film about Watson’s preparation for the Jeopardy! challenge, or click here to see Watson in action in a new windowvideo

> Visit SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering online

Calatrava celebration continues with Meadows Museum exhibition

Santiago Calatrava and his family received a warm welcome when they visited SMU’s Meadows Museum Saturday, March 3, after taking part in opening ceremonies for Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Calatrava, his wife, Tina, and son, Michael, joined other Meadows Museum guests for a preview of its latest special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion.

“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people,” Calatrava told more than 800 guests at the preview. “You have welcomed us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community, but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.” Calatrava received a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from SMU in 2005.

The Meadows Museum is home to Wave, the first large-scale Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States. The special exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches for the 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. It also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2012.

“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”

Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. The Meadows collection includes the Calatrava sculptures Palme and Il Dente, which are also part of the exhibition.

The University’s many roles in the weekend of festivities surrounding the bridge opening are captured in a new SMU News video by Eva Parks. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open the “SMU and Santiago Calatrava” video in a new windowvideo

Written by Nancy George

> Learn more from SMU News’ Calatrava homepage at smu.edu/calatrava
> Visit Meadows Museum online at smu.edu/meadowsmuseum
> More about Santiago Calatrava at calatrava.com

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

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