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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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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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