State Rep. Rafael Anchia ’90 will discuss the impact of the “world-class liberal arts education” he received at SMU on his successful career in law and politics at a program presented by Dedman College and SMU Alumni Relations on Thursday, October 29. The program is free and open to the public.
Performances by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the 40th annual talent show, the SMU vs. Tulsa football game and many more fun events are planned for SMU Family Weekend, October 30-November 1.
Lawyer-turned-literary agent Mark Falkin ’93 has earned rave reviews for his YA novel Contract City, now being developed for TV and the big screen. Falkin, who received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Meadows School of the Arts, offers advice to would-be writers and reflects on the power of the creative community in an interview with Meadows News. He says, “I became a more creative person by osmosis by simply being in the Meadows School for four years.”
Robert Edsel ’79, founder and chair of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, will be the featured speaker at the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on October 20. The event marks the 250th program in SMU’s Tate Lecture Series, now in its 34th season.
Budding authors or fans of the literary arts will be introduced to an African-American fiction writer’s organization at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, when SMU hosts the latest leg of the inaugural Kimbilio Litfest tour. The tour is an offshoot Kimbilio, which hosts an annual retreat at SMU-in-Taos
Timed to coincide with Columbus Day weekend, the Meadows Museum’s Discover Spain! is a day for discovery, providing visitors with an opportunity to explore the museum and learn about Spain’s rich culture and heritage. Activities for both young and old will provide a fun and engaging learning experience for everyone!
Jonathan Stolk has been appointed executive director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and professor in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “His role within the Simmons and Lyle Schools will strengthen the collaborations that have been developed between our two schools, as well as establish exciting new opportunities throughout SMU,“ says Simmons School Dean David Chard.
Ryan Fisher ’05, ’11 started studying coffee while working toward a Ph.D. in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Now the co-owner of Commonwealth Coffee, a coffee roasting business in Denver, Fisher competed in the Iron Chef of international java experts a few weeks ago and took home second prize. In an interview with 5280, Fisher spills a few of his coffee secrets.
SMU Alumna Kyle Stevens ’80, Women’s Golf Star And Former Head Coach, Inducted Into SWC Hall of Fame
Kyle O’Brien Stevens ’80, former All-American SMU women’s golf player, claimed medalist honors and led SMU to the team title at the 1979 AIAW National Championships. She toured on the professional circuit for five years before returning to the University as head coach of the team from 1986 to 1992. Named to the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, Stevens was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on October 5.
As a youngster Founta Butler traveled with her family through the Cascades in Washington state. Shortly after returning home to Dallas, she took the nickname “Fir” as a reminder of her trip through the forest. She graduated from SMU in 1952, and a year later, married the love of her life, Merlin Butler. They settled on a six-acre dream property in Snohomish County, Washington, where they created a rhododendron paradise. The Seattle Times profiles Butler who, with her late husband, deeded the property to the county for all to enjoy.