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Series Highlights Impact Of Charles Darwin

Throughout 2009, SMU schools and departments will celebrate the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of the Species and the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin through a series of lectures, exhibits and presentations.

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SMU Takes Action On Substance Abuse Prevention

More than a dozen recommendations made by the SMU Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention have been implemented since April.

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SMU Chosen As Site Of Bush Presidential Library

With SMU’s selection as the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Museum and Institute, Texas will become the only state in the nation to house three presidential libraries

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Education Abroad Adds Programs In Asia, Africa

SMU’s Education Abroad Office is expanding its global reach with seven new programs.

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SMU Appoints New Dedman College Dean

Cordelia Chávez Candeleria, SMU’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is an academic administrator with experience in strategic affairs as well as an accomplished scholar-teacher.

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Seen & Heard

Leading figures in their fields share their perspectives on politics, human rights and journalism at on-campus events.

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Task Force Takes Aim at Alcohol And Drug Abuse

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has accepted 36 of 38 recommendations made by the Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention to review programs, regulations and the campus culture related to substance abuse issues.

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Jerry Bywaters

The late Jerry Bywaters (’26), a member of the SMU arts faculty for 35 years, transformed Texas art and achieved national recognition for the state’s artists. The former director of the Dallas Museum of Art also led the Dallas Nine, a group of artists who developed the style known as Lone Star Regionalism.

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Truth In Translation

"Truth in Translation," based on the experiences of translators for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission created after the dissolution of apartheid in South Africa, made its U.S. premiere at SMU’s Bob Hope Theatre in September. A professional South African acting troupe performed the play, featuring original music by South African composer Hugh Masekela. The Embrey Family Foundation of Dallas funded the event.

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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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