Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 29, 2016

Meadows Virtuosi Concert: Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert present the annual performance featuring Meadows faculty, students and guests playing side-by-side in an exciting chamber music program on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Also featuring DSO violinist Maria Schleuning and the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, this matinee includes works by Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Astor Piazzola and the rarely performed septet realization of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry: Dr. Yildirim Hurmuzlu, SMU professor of mechanical engineering, will discuss how a simple idea could transform the oil and gas industry during the Wednesday, Feb. 3 Lyle School of Engineering breakfast series.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. in Caruth Hall, Room 406, Dr. Hurmuzlu will discuss how a competitive device and groundbreaking software changes how precious oil reserves are extracted. Register by Jan. 26. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Archaeogenomics of Human-Animal-Microbial Ecology: The Department of Anthropology presents a lecture by Dr. Michael Campana, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Monday, Feb. 1 from 5 – 6 p.m. in Heroy Hall, room 153, Dr. Campana will present a lecture on how human activities, including animal domestication, migration, and environmental manipulation, effect changes in animal, and microbial ecology. Archaeogenomics, the application of genomics to archaeology, can help reconstruct past events. Using archaeogenomics, Dr. Campana explores ecological interactions between humans, animals, and microbes over time.

Stephen Harrigan presents A Friend of Mr. Lincoln: As part of the Authors LIVE! series, co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Stephen Harrigan presents a free lecture and book signing at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane) on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

For $30, guests can attend the 6 p.m. author’s reception and receive a signed book. RSVP required for the author’s reception.

Read more about the book

 

The Magic FluteWith the Meadows Opera Orchestra, directed by Hank Hammett, conducted by Paul Phillips and sung in a new English translation by Kelley Rourke, the performance of The Magic Flute at SMU is one not to miss. 

Full of enchanting melodies and fantastical creatures, one of the most popular and appealing operas of all time brings Mozart’s genius to the fore in a unique and profound fable of humanity, wisdom, bravery, enlightenment, friendship and love. Performances will take place from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Bob Hope Theater. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff.

> See showtimes and buy tickets here

 

2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert takes place Saturday, Jan. 30

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Andrés Díaz

The 2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert will spotlight Professor of Cello Andrés Díaz and Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music Matt Albert in an annual performance featuring Meadows faculty, students and guests playing side-by-side in an exciting chamber music program.

Also featured will be Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Maria Schleuning and the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, made possible by a generous campaign donor.

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Matt Albert

The program will include works by Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Astor Piazzola, as well as the rarely performed septet realization of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

The show is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30  in Caruth Auditorium.

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 22, 2016

Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception: An exhibition of works by Division of Art faculty members opens Friday, Jan. 22 and runs through Saturday, March 19, 2016. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 in the Pollock GalleryHughes-Trigg Student Center. The Faculty Exhibition includes works in a wide range of media and gives students and the DFW community the opportunity to see and experience the work of teaching artists.

SMU Uprising: A free performance by contemporary Christian music duo Shane & Shane and talk by author and former Navy SEAL Chad Williams will be presented at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The evening, SMU Uprising, is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain. Shane & Shane features solo artists Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. Known for their close harmonies and acoustic soft rock and country-influenced music, they released their tenth album, Psalms II, in 2015. Chad Williams, author of SEAL of God, served as a Navy SEAL from 2004 to 2010 before entering full-time ministry.

Drawing from the Masters: On Sunday, Jan. 24th enjoy an afternoon of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads participants through the Meadows Museum’s galleries.  Beginning at 1:30 p.m., this session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. The session is designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Carmen Smith, 214-768-4677.

Anonymous Takeover: SMU Student Senate Diversity Committee is hosting a conversation on the power of Yik Yak’s anonymous posts and their effects on our community Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Diversity Committee works to facilitate interaction and cultural awareness between various backgrounds and serves as a liaison between different ethnic, religious, sexual orientations, age groups, and nationalities within the SMU community by ensuring that they continue to have a constant voice within the Student Senate.

Remembering Refugees: The Department of Anthropology and the Embrey Human Rights Program present a lecture by renowned forced migration scholar David Haines on Thursday, Jan. 28 in 144 Simmons Hall. Serving as the keynote lecture for the SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Symposium, the lecture will offer a historical overview of refugee reception in the United States as well as a contemporary analysis of global connections. Refreshments will be served from 5-5:30 p.m and the lecture will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

Sports: SMU Athletics celebrates a successful Fall 2015

Undefeated SMU: The SMU Mustangs are 16-0, marking the 2nd longest winning streak in school history. They rank third in Division I and first in the American Athletic Conference. With 14 games left in the season, the finish line comes March 6 at Cincinnati.

Avery Acker

SMU volleyball player Avery Acker named CoSida Academic All-American of the Year: Senior setter Avery Acker has left a legacy at SMU both on and off the volleyball court. She was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Acker posted a 3.95 GPA in accounting with minors in chemistry and biology, and has been accepted into medical school. The Poth native led the Mustangs to a program-record 27 wins and the school’s first conference championship, going 17-3 in the American Athletic Conference and 27-6 overall to advance to the NCAA Championship. She was also named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in September 2015 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, becoming the first SMU player and first member of the American Athletic Conference to earn the honor.

Jackie Galloway to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics: CompeScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 1.32.55 PMting in taekwondo, SMU sophomore Jackie Galloway has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Galloway has established herself as one of the country’s top taekwondo athletes, especially this season. She is majoring in mechanical engineering and was on the Division I rowing team for SMU.

SMU Men’s Tennis debuts at No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings: The SMU men’s tennis team is one of the most improved teams out of the toScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 2.21.52 PMp 100 from last year’s rankings – debuting at No. 46 in the ITA Rankings. The Mustangs are also represented twice in the singles poll and once in the doubles polls. Junior Hunter Johnson and senior Nate Lammons represent the Mustangs in the singles poll as the 32nd and 44th best player in the nation, respectively. The twosome of Lammons and junior Arkadijs Slobodkins crack the top 20 in the doubles poll at No. 16. The Mustangs will open their dual match play Saturday, Jan. 23 against UCLA.

 

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Dec. 4, 2015

Meadows Chamber Music Honors Concert: The chamber music program presents a dynamic, varied, passionate performance of jury-selected wind, brass, piano and string ensembles. Come hear these students showcasing the results of a semester of intense, peer-driven collaborative work. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Is ForensicScreen shot 2015-12-04 at 1.51.39 PM Science an Oxymoron?: Forensic science evidence (e.g., fingerprints, DNA, microscopic hair, & bite marks) is widely believed to provide powerful proof of identity in both criminal and civil trials. But in recent years, forensic scientists in some areas have been taken to task for overclaiming, failing to test their assumptions, and neglecting to explain to judges and jurors how the risk of error affects the value of reported matches. Solutions will be explored by professor Jonathan Koehler, professor at Northwestern University School of Law, on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m. This event will be in 153 Heroy Halland is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. at lawandstatistics.eventbrite.com or 214-768-3527.

Learn more about Jonathen Koehler

The Science of Listening to Music: On Monday, Dec. 7, Professor Elizabeth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, will examine the interface between science and music by using a series of the Lab’s recent experiments. The event will  begin at 4:30 p.m. in 2020 Owen Arts Center. For more information, click here.

Christmas and Crêpes: Come join the SMU Wesley Foundation at 3220 Daniel Avenue for crêpes, coffee, community, and Christmas music on Monday, Dec. 7 from 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Student Film Association Fall Film Festival: The Student Filmmakers’ Association will host their annual fall film festival showcasing the best recent short works created by SMU students. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station.

Paws and Take a Break: A team of registered therapy dogs from the A New Leash on Life group will visit the Taubman Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 9, hosted by Hamon Arts Library. Research has shown that spending 5-24 minutes with a calm dog reduces blood pressure and the levels of stress hormones in the body. Come visit with a certified therapy dog from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.!

Therapy Dogs at Fondren

Calendar Highlights: Mustang-Must-do’s for the Holiday Season

Celebration of Lights at SMUCelebration of Lights: Twinkling white lights will illuminate the SMU campus Nov. 30-Jan. 3 for Celebration of Lights, the University’s annual holiday celebration. The lighting ceremony on SMU’s Main Quad will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.   and will feature student musicians performing songs of the season, SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament, and lighting of the SMU Christmas tree. The celebration ends bathed in candlelight as participants light candles and sing “Silent Night.”

Christmas Worship Service at Perkins Chapel: On Thursday, Dec. 3, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. The services this year draw upon the journeys that take place in the nativity narratives: the journey to Bethlehem, the journey of the Magi, and the journey to Egypt. The Seminary Singers will be joined by Diva Dolce, a women’s ensemble from Meadows School of the Arts, at 4 PM, and the Palestrina Singers from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, directed by Perkins Alum, Michael Conrady, at 8 PM. Admission is free and the 4 PM service will be webcast. For more information, contact Michael Hawn mhawn@smu.edu.

All-University Holiday Party: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Winter Exhibition: The SMU Guildhall hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 18, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

December Commencement Convocation and faculty breakfast: The University celebrates its 2015 December Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club in Moody Coliseum. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Moody Coliseum. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional by Friday, Dec. 4 and learn more about the ceremony.

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Nov. 13, 2015

Movie Night: On Monday, Nov. 16 there are two opportunities to watch movies! At 5:30 p.m. the Staff Association is hosting a movie night on Dallas Hall Lawn, showing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Free popcorn, snacks, drinks and giveaways will be provided. No reservations are required. At 7 p.m. the Women and LGBT Center and Residence Life and Student Housing is sponsoring a free showing for the SMU community of the film Suffragette at the Angelika Theater in Mockingbird Station. Each SMU person can reserve two tickets here.

> Watch the Suffragette movie trailer

Humanitarian Mapathon: SMU Central University Libraries is sponsoring a Missing Maps Mapathon as part of their new initiative in spatial literacy. During the Mapathon, volunteers will make crowdsourced maps to help communities and NGOs better respond to crises affecting vulnerable areas in the world. The Mapathon is a come-and-go event on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 3-6 p.m. in Fondren Library. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Screen shot 2015-11-13 at 4.11.50 PMFoosball Tournament in the DIG: On Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. participants in the first “community challenge” in the Deason Innovation Gym will unveil their project with a Foosball tournament. Over the past four weeks, participants have learned how to woodwork, 3D print, laser cut, vinyl cut and work with microcontrollers and sensors to build a custom Foosball table. All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Innovation Gym for the unveiling and tournament.

Organ Demonstration and Performance: Dr. George C. Baker will discuss and demonstrate various acoustical features of the organ on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Perkins Chapel. This special event is coordinated by Professors Fred Olness and Tom Tunks as part of SMU’s Musical Acoustics course. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Dr. Baker is an international guest artist, and won the 1974 Grand Prix de Chartres in organ performance. For event information, please contact Professor Fred Olness, 214-768-2500.

Beyond Two Cultures: A Crisis in Data Representation? Dr. Roger Malina, astrophysicist and founder of the UT-Dallas ArtSciLab, will present his work on the gap between data generation and representation with neuroscientists, astronomers and geoscientists. He will also talk about the newborn “digital hybrids” whose existence give lie to the “two cultures” division articulated by C.P. Snow. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in 153 Heroy Hall.

Learn more about Roger Malina and the lecture

SMU mathematics professor Alejandro Aceves elected Optical Society Fellow

Alejandro AcevesAlejandro Aceves, professor of mathematics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been elected as a fellow of The Optical Society for his pioneering contributions in the areas of optical gap solitons, spatiotemporal localization in optical array systems and UV filamentation.

Before joining SMU in fall 2008, Aceves spent 19 years as a professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of New Mexico, the last four years as department chair. He earned an M.A. from the California Institute of Technology in 1983 and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1988, both in applied mathematics.

His research interests include nonlinear optics, nonlinear wave propagation, soliton theory, dynamical systems and modeling in epidemiology. Aceves is also the founder of AcevCo Research, a research consulting company.

The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering and business leaders from all over the world.

A world premiere, a masterwork and a revival at the 2015 Fall Dance Concert Nov. 11-15

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Deepa Liegal dancing “There is a Time” Photograph by Paul Phillips

The 2015 Fall Dance Concert will feature a world premiere, a masterwork and a revival.

Opening the program is the premiere of Wild and Precious, a contemporary ballet by Robert Dekkers. Created especially for the SMU Dance Ensemble, Wild and Precious is a celebration of both youthful energy and the evanescence of life. Performing choreography that is supremely physical and challenging, the dancers embody the dynamic spirit of “the body electric.”

The program continues with There Is a Time, a masterpiece of modern dance created in 1956 by José Limón and composer Norman Dello Joio, who earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for the score. The work alludes to a chapter of Ecclesiastes and each movement of the work is titled with a biblical verse and embodies the human experience.

The New York’s Joyce Theater invited the SMU dancers to perform There Is a Time at the 70th anniversary celebration of the Limón Dance Company, which honors José Limón’s legacy, in October. The Meadows School of the Arts is one of only nine university dance programs internationally selected to perform.

Concluding the Fall Dance Concert is a restaging of the jazz work Swing Concerto by jazz dance artist and SMU faculty member Danny Buraczeski. The work synthesizes the grounded qualities of folk dance with the exuberance of the swing-era movement.

Fall Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787 or visit the Meadows website.

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Nov. 6, 2015

Free Will & Moral Responsibility with Local Philosophers: On Friday, Nov. 6, Dedman College is hosting a workshop on the topic of free will and moral responsibility and whether free will and responsibility are mere illusions given the truth of causal determinism. The workshop is free and open to the public and will be held in Florence Hall, room 121. First, Charles Hermes of UT Arlington will discuss Truthmakers & Free Will from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Secondly, Eric Barnes of SMU will discuss Character Control and Moral Responsibility from 1 – 3 p.m. Lastly, Kelly McCormick of TCU will discuss A Dilemma for Morally Responsible Time Travellers from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

A Tate Lecture with Shankar Vedantam: Shankar Vendantam, NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences, author of The Hidden Brain and former reporter and columnist for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at The Jones Day Lecture of the 2015-16 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The lecture program begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an informal question and answer session at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

>Read more about Shankar Vedantam and the Tate Lecture Series

Red, WhRed White and Bluesite and Blues: 2015 Veterans Day Luncheon: All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Maguire Ethics Center this Wednesday Nov. 11 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the SMU Flagpole to celebrate Veterans Day. Dallas blues band Miss Marcy and her Texas Sugardaddys will provide live entertainment for luncheon attendees. There will be delicious food, a free raffle, and the opportunity to thank the members of our SMU Veteran community. For more information click here.

A World Premier, a Masterwork and a Revival at the 2015 Fall Dance Concert: Wednesday, Nov. 11 marks the kick-off of the 2015 Fall Dance Concert. This year’s concert will feature the premier of contemporary ballet Wild and Precious, a revival of the jazz work Swing Concert to and a masterpiece of modern dance There is a Time. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787 or visit here.

Swing Concerto in the 2015 Fall Dance Concert
Swing Concerto, Photo by Paul Phillips

 

Ronald Reagan – A Remarkable Life: One Day University, an organization that presents live talks starring the nation’s greatest professors, is bring University of Texas professor H.W. Brands to McFarlin Auditorium this Thursday, Nov. 12. Professor Brands will give a speech from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative revolution in American politics and play a crucial role in ending communism in the Soviet Union. Tickets are $49.

>Learn more about H.W. Brands and One Day University