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Remembering Jim Caswell’s Legacy

Not many individuals can claim to have influenced the lives of almost 50,000 college students for nearly five decades. But that estimation applies to the late Jim Caswell, who served since 1964 in student affairs positions at SMU, most recently as vice president for student affairs. After retiring in May 2007, he planned to enjoy a second career as a church pastor, but lost his battle to cancer October 22.

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East Side Story: There’s A Place For Us … Across Central Expressway

SMU is rising. Not only in SAT scores and national rankings, but literally moving up, with programs in a high-rise building across Central Expressway. The 15-story building at the corner of Yale Boulevard and Central now houses SMU’s offices for human resources, internal auditing, taxes, accounting, procurement, payroll, asset management and the Department of Psychology’s Family Research Center. Other research offices are moving east as SMU’s campus stretches across Central for the first time in its almost 100-year history.

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Students Examine Cultural Barriers To Cancer Prevention

For women in developing countries, how can cultural barriers be overcome to ensure they get mammograms, which could save their lives?

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The Bush Library Project: Potential For Research, Focus Of Dialogue

One of the benefits of locating a presidential library at a university is that historic materials for research and dialogue would seem to be at home in an academic setting. As presidential historian Michael Beschloss remarked on a PBS news show recently, presidential libraries associated with universities possess “a certain vitality.”

That is already proving to be true at SMU. On December 21 the George W. Bush Library Site Selection Committee announced that it was focusing on SMU as the potential site for the Bush Library, Museum and Institute. “I’m not here to tell you we have been finally selected,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner at a news conference that day, “but this is as good of an announcement as we could have at this time.”

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Seen and Heard

“Media bias is a huge thing. I think about it every day and in everything I do. The best way to get around it is to have people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and opinions in a room coming up with what you’re going to cover. I’m a big believer in not wearing my opinion on my sleeve. Facts are facts.”
Anderson Cooper, CNN News anchor, Turner Construction Student Forum, Nov. 14, 2006

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Seeing Green

Middle school students display their work incorporating green designs for cities of the future at Visioneering 2007 at SMU’s Moody Coliseum in March. More than 600 Dallas-area middle school students, educators, practicing engineers and innovators participated in the event to focus on how engineering can help preserve natural resources.

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Lone Star Legacy: 40 Years of Art

Meadows Museum will feature “Lone Star Legacy: 40 Years of Art” July 15-October 14, 2007, from the University Art Collection (UAC). “Lone Star Legacy” focuses on the works of contemporary Texas artists, including those affiliated with SMU, such as art professor Barnaby Fitzgerald, alumnus John Alexander (’70) and sculptor and former professor James Surls.

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Geology Scholar To Lead Research And Graduate Studies

James E. Quick, a noted scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey and a frequently published geology scholar, has been named associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at SMU. He joins the University this summer.

During his 25-year tenure with USGS, Quick has served as a chief scientist, project chief and staff geologist. He currently is program coordinator of the Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) at the USGS. The VHP researches volcanic processes and monitors all active volcanoes in the United States to provide early warning of eruptions.

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USC Administrator Named Vice President For Student Affairs

Lori S. White, who has held student affairs positions at the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Georgetown University, has been named vice president for student affairs at SMU, effective June 1. She currently serves as associate vice president for student affairs at USC. White succeeds James E. Caswell (’63, ’66, ’70), who is retiring after 40 years of service to the University.

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Preparing For Emergencies

Although there is only so much an institution can do to protect against the type of tragedy that recently occurred at Virginia Tech, in view of this situation SMU has reminded the campus community about its emergency procedures. The University constantly monitors and updates its procedures as it continues to learn from others in the higher education community and from the security and law enforcement professions.

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