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

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