Willard Spiegelman

Eighteen SMU faculty members retire with emeritus status in 2016-17

Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.

The professors, and their dates of service:

• Thomas E. Barry, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Cox School of Business, 1970-2017

• Janis Bergman-Carton, Professor Emerita of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, 1991-2017

Edward Biehl, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1962-2017

Gordon Birrell, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2017

Dolores M. Etter, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, 2008-2016

 Richard F. Gunst, Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1971-2017

 C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1992-2017

• Debora Hunter, Professor Emerita of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, 1976-2017

Alireza Khotanzad, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, 1984-2017

 Ndiva Kofele-Kale, Professor Emeritus of Law, Dedman School of Law, 1989-2017

• Robert Krout, Professor Emeritus of Music, Meadows School of the Arts, 2004-2017

• Patricia Mathes, Texas Instruments Chair of Reading and Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, 2003-2017

 Sherry L. Smith, University Distinguished Professor Emerita of History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1999-2017

 Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor Emeritus of English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1971-2017

 Steve Sverdlik, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1982-2017

• Martin Sweidel, Professor Emeritus of Music, Meadows School of the Arts, 1986-2016

 John Walther, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1994-2017

 Ronald Wetherington, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1964-2017

Willard Spiegelman receives Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting

Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English in Dedman College, was honored as the 2015-16 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The first meeting of the entire faculty for the 2016-17 academic year featured the Spring 2016 Faculty Senate report, the presentation of regalia to newly tenured faculty, and President R. Gerald Turner’s updates on initiatives ranging from cultural intelligence to continuing education.

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Willard Spiegelman poem featured in new collection inspired by Thomas Jefferson

Book cover of 'Monticello in Mind'SMU’s campus centerpiece, Dallas Hall, has inspired a poem published alongside the works of Pulitzer Prize winners in the poetry anthology Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson (University of Virginia Press).

That’s Jefferson as in Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States.

What’s the connection between Dallas Hall and one of America’s founding fathers? It doesn’t take Nicolas Cage and a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence to find out.

“When the founders of SMU went to Chicago to find an architect for their first building, they said they wanted Dallas Hall to look like The Rotunda at the University of Virginia (which was designed by Jefferson), but of course bigger,” says Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The author of the Dallas Hall-inspired poem explains, “My first thought was, ‘Jefferson went to the prairie.’”

The poem, titled Prairie Rotunda, is one of 50 poems featured in Monticello in Mind. An excerpt is below:

The Monticello ladies politely call him, still,

“Mister Jefferson,” spokesman for sanity.

And on north Texas plains, more arid

than his “little mountain” landscape, we too have

something of his legacy, in stone and Kansas brick.

— Kenny Ryan

> Visit SMU’s Department of English homepage: smu.edu/english

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to visit SMU Feb. 25, 2016

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay RyanFormer U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will present a reading of her poetry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, following a 6 p.m. reception in room 131 of SMU’s Dedman Life Sciences Building.

The event is cohosted by SMU English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the SMU Department of English and the Gilbert Lecture Series.

“Ryan will be reading from her poetry, presumably a mix of recent and earlier work,” Spiegelman says. “She is very engaging, humorous and compatible in an approachable way. She has a wonderful stage presence.”

In addition to serving as the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, Ryan has won a Pulitzer Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011 – a prestigious distinction.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SMU Department of English at 214-768-2945.

— Kenny Ryan

Centennial Week features launch party for new biography of legendary SMU professor Harold Jeskey

'The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey' book coverThe late Harold Jeskey retired from teaching in 1979, but he never forgot his love for SMU’s students – or its athletic teams. And his students never forgot him – or his signature red ties.

SMU will help celebrate the publication of a new biography about Jeskey, a popular professor of organic chemistry, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. and will include remarks by Sterling E. Moore, author of The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey. Friends and family will be invited to share memories.

Jeskey, the former R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, taught at the University from 1945 to 1979. He also served as faculty athletic representative and volunteered in the Sports Information Department for many years after his retirement. He adopted his famous red ties as a representation of excellence and awarded them to outstanding students in his classes.

Harold Jeskey, R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry, SMUAnd his respect for student achievement went well beyond the classroom. “During the tumultuous days of integration, Jeskey presented a red tie to a black student he never even taught…perhaps as an award for bravely facing racism,” reads the book’s overview.

Moore took Jeskey’s organic chemistry class in 1951 and has imbued his Jeskey biography with personal experiences and insight. He also included interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and former students to “paint a vivid picture of a man whose legacy is deeply ingrained in the collective memory and culture of SMU.”

> Learn more about The Man in the Red Tie and author Sterling E. Moore from SMU News

The book publication party is also one of several Mustang Mini Reunions that will mark SMU’s Centennial Homecoming Week. Scheduled meet-ups include the following:

Steve LaRue and Dodie Jacobi’s Reunion Meetup of friends from Meadows School of the Arts, Student Foundation, Lettermen Hall, and the Class of ’85, as well as new alumni of every sort. All are welcome to join this casual, Dutch-treat meetup from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Old Monk, 2847 N. Henderson Avenue. Contact Dodie Jacobi for more information.

• The Williard Spiegelman Reunion for friends and former students of Professor Spiegelman, Friday, Sept. 25Learn more and register online.

• The Thespian Mini Reunion at Café Brazil Coffeehouse and Restaurant, 6420 N Central Expressway, Friday, Sept. 25Contact Danette Goss Alberts ’75.

• The Hispanic Alumni Mini-Reunion and Reception, hosted by the Honorable Delia D. Jasso ’76, featuring the Dallas Mexican American Historical League exhibit, “The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas’  Mexican American Veterans and Families,” Friday, Sept. 25Registration information here.

• The Gamma Omega Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Reunion at Ozona’s Grill and Bar, 4615 Greenville Avenue, Friday, Sept. 25.

• The Black Alumni Reunion, featuring several events during Homecoming Week including a happy hour, 20th year celebration, and Voice of Inspiration Gospel Choir reunion, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27Details and registration information here.

• The SMU-in-Madrid Reunion featuring guest speaker Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, and a viewing of the exhibit Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and CollectingSaturday, Sept. 26. More details here.

• The Daily Campus and Rotunda Alumni Reunion, for alumni who have been involved with The Daily Campus student newspaper and the Rotunda yearbook as they celebrate 100 years at SMU, Saturday, Sept. 26. Learn more.

> Learn more about Mustang Mini Reunions

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Percussion double feature: Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and World Music Ensemble at noon  Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. It serves as a preview for the Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert that same day at 8 p.m. The spring concert features different faculty artists and composers:  Andrés Díaz, Meadows cello professor, Dr. Lane Harder, Meadows alum and composition faculty member, and Suparman, who plays the zither and bamboo flute. The noon performance is in the Taubman Atrium; the 8 p.m. performance is in Caruth Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

Drone strikes: Is the United States legally obliged to explain its drone policy? This and other topics will be discussed on Thursday, April 11, during Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality. The lecture will include perspectives from Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law professor, Naureen Shah, Columbia Law School associate director, Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University Law School professor. The panel is moderated by Chris Jenkins, SMU Dedman School of Law professor. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Poetry and pain: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents an interdisciplinary discussion, The Languages of Pain: What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What it Can’t. The panel will be led by Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, who will be joined by Thomas Mayo, Law; Robert Howell, Philosophy; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre. Each will discuss the role poetry plays in their specific discipline and how people use poetry to give words to inexplicable pain, both physical and mental. Spiegelman is the editor-in-chief of Southwest Review and has authored books, essays and reviews as well as contributed to The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 133, Fondren Science Building.

Afternoon Gallery Talks: Join Meadows Curator Nicole Atzbach for Martín Rico and His Circle, an afternoon gallery talk Friday, April 12. Atzbach has been with Meadows Museum since 2010 and became a curator in 2012. She will discuss the current Meadows exhibition, Impressions of Europe: 19th-century Vistas by Martín Rico. The talk begins at noon and is free with regular admission to the Meadows Museum.

Jampact: The eclectic Jampact band brings a mix of jazz, funk and world music to campus Saturday, April 13. The band includes some of SMU’s own faculty members; the musicians are Meadows Dean José Bowen, piano, with SMU professors Kim Corbet, trombone and synthesizer; Akira Sato, trumpet; and Jamal Mohamed, drums; with musician Buddy Mohamed on bass. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Faculty in the News: April 5, 2011

Ruben Habito on CBS 11 NewsCal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise to The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Daily News on President Obama’s announcement that he was seeking reelection. The stories appeared April 4-5, 2011.

José Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed a nationally acclaimed project he helped shape – a new CD collection called The Smithsonian Anthology of Jazz with Jerome Weeks of KERA’s Art&Seek April 5, 2011. Listen to a podcast of Dean Bowen’s interview with Jerome Weeks. audio

Ruben Habito (right), World Religions and Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the merits of meditation with CBS 11 News March 29, 2011. Watch Dr. Habito’s CBS 11 segment online. video

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about T. Boone Pickens’ advocacy for natural gas as part of a national energy plan with FOX 4 News. March 31, 2011. Watch Dr. Weinstein’s FOX 4 News segment online. video

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about living without television for The Dallas Morning News in an article published March 26, 2011.

Faculty in the News: March 1, 2011

bruce-bullock-fox-business-300.jpgBruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about how higher oil and gas prices are affecting the U.S. economy with The Los Angeles Times. (3/1/2011) In addition, he discussed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prediction that oil could reach $300 a barrel in an article published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (2/28/2011) He also discussed the disruptions of the energy market caused by unrest in the Middle East with FOX Business Feb. 24, 2011. Watch Bullock’s FOX Business commentary in a new window. video

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, commented on the discovery of an 11,500-year-old cremation site in Alaska that contains the oldest human remains yet discovered in northern North America for an article published by New Scientist Feb. 24, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the lack of population growth in Dallas over the last decade with The New York Times Feb. 25, 2011. He also talked about Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert stepping down and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway moving into the mayor’s office with KERA Radio Feb. 23, 2011. Listen to Jillson’s KERA commentary here. audio

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about Houston’s John and Dominique de Menil Collection for The Wall Street Journal Feb. 26, 2011.

Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence with SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, talked with Bloomberg Television Live Feb. 24, 2011, about Saudi Arabia and the current upheaval in the Middle East. Watch Jordan’s Middle East commentary in a new window. video

Faculty in the News: Feb. 8, 2011

Meadows MuseumJosé Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about places he finds special in Dallas for an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Feb. 5, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about demographic changes in Texas and how they will affect the political landscape with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2011. He also discussed Republicans and Democrats sitting side by side at President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 23, 2011.

Jillson provided expertise for an article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political tactics in identifying certain pieces of legislation as emergency items for an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 24, 2011. He also spoke with the Chronicle for a Jan. 10, 2011 story about the attention Texas will draw because of its political redness and the governor’s promise not to raise taxes.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, wrote about why Texas lawyers should vote for the disciplinary rule referendum in a piece published by Texas Lawyer Jan. 24, 2011.

D. Aaron Lacy, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Texas Cable News (TXCN) story on a lawsuit filed by a woman who was fired for taking time off work to vote. The story aired Jan. 18, 2011.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center For Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about how Americans may be better off economically than we realize for a U.S. News & World Report article published Jan. 20, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business wrote about how the United States can reduce its oil imports by developing natural gas that’s locked in shale formations in an article published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan. 26, 2011. He also discussed the mixed North Texas economic outlook with The Dallas Business Journal Jan. 11, 2011.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the effect of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease on her family members’ relationships with each other in a story published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, 2011.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Salvator Rosa exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum for the Jan. 20, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the White House oil spill commission’s call for a dramatic overhaul of the way the United States regulates offshore drilling in an article published by Reuters. It appeared in the Jan. 11, 2011 edition of The Calgary Herald and numerous other publications.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about why some religious denominations produce more political leaders in The Dallas Morning News‘s Texas Faith blog Jan. 18, 2011.

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2010-11

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the how the new census will affect Texas politically – and the risks it may pose for Republicans – with The Los Angeles Times Dec. 22, 2010, and with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 20, 2010. He talked about the year ahead in politics with The Canadian Press Dec. 16, 2010. In addition, he discussed the likelihood of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2012 with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 13, 2010.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Interfaith Peace Chapel of Dallas – the last building architect Philip Johnson designed before his death – in a piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Dec. 22, 2010.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about how creative gift-giving increases when the economy is bad with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 20, 2010.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed the rise in Texas’ unemployment rate – despite a gain in jobs – with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 17, 2010.

Sharon Lyle, project director, TEDxSMU, was profiled as “the top conversation starter in Dallas” in D Magazine‘s “The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011.” The article appeared Dec. 15, 2010.

Dalia AbdelHady, Sociology, Dedman College, talked about crafting holiday traditions when members of a family are of different faiths with KERA Public Radio Dec. 16, 2010. audio

Rhonda Rompola, head coach, Women’s Basketball, was the subject of a “Profile in Fitness” Q&A with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, and William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, talked about Americans’ depth of religious knowledge and how religion shapes our political views in the “Texas Faith” column of The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Lawrence also talked about the Nativity story and who was present for the birth of Jesus with National Public Radio News Dec. 23, 2010. audio

Raúl Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of a profile in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 13, 2010.

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