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Get ‘Wild About SMU’ for Family Weekend 2017, Sept. 22-24

Family Weekend 2017 Wild About SMU

SMU family members from across the country will get “Wild About SMU” during 2017 Family Weekend, coordinated by the Student Foundation’s Family Weekend Committee. The festivities take place Sept. 22-24.

Student research, creativity and innovation take the spotlight during the Fall 2017 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.

Find the full schedule for 2017 SMU Family Weekend

Events include the traditional Game Day Barbecue, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 6 p.m. SMU-Arkansas State at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.


SMU Gives Back 2017 flyerClear bag policy at Ford Stadium:
The only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

SMU Gives Back: This year, the Student Foundation is partnering with Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, which supports the health and well-being of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment in the Dallas area, as well as their families. Throughout SMU Family Weekend, University community members can eat and shop at a variety of local partner businesses – just mention that you are with SMU, and  part of your purchase will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Parking: On Friday, Sept. 22, Game Day parking is in effect. Please plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to SMUMustangs.com/gameday for a parking map.

By | 2017-09-21T16:23:09+00:00 September 21, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|

Celebrate student innovation at the 2017 Engaged Learning Fall Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, Friday, Sept. 22

engaged-learning-logo-300Outstanding students will show their work and market their startup concepts during the Fall 2017 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest.

The two events take place Friday, Sept. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, as part of SMU’s 2017 Family Weekend.

Check out the complete EL Symposium line-up

During the Symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will present their work and take questions from the audience. They will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research FellowsUniversity Honors Richter Research Fellows and McNair Scholars, as well as Engaged Learning Fellows.

> See how the Big iDeas Pitch Contest works

SMU Big iDeas logo, blue background-400From 2-5 p.m., find out what some of SMU’s most innovative students are up to during the Big iDeas Pitch Contest. After developing their ideas, undergraduate teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with backgrounds in innovation and entrepreneurship. Next, judges determine which ideas are most realistic and can be developed in the following three months. The winning teams are eligible to win up to $1,000 in seed money to prepare prototypes and pilot programs for the Demo Day Fair in early 2018.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

By | 2017-09-21T16:21:05+00:00 September 21, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU panel discusses the future of affordable housing in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017

Dallas skylineDallas’ economy is booming, yet home prices and rents are rising beyond the means of many residents. How can the city tackle this challenge, yet continue to promote economic growth?

Local experts will discuss the path forward in “How Will Dallas Address the Issue of Affordable Housing?,” presented by SMU Reads and the Folsom Institute for Real Estate in SMU’s Cox School of Business. The event takes place 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 in the University’s Collins Executive Education Center.

The panelists include:

The discussion will be moderated by Nicole Stockdale, deputy editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News. The event is free; advance registration is recommended.

Are you attending? Share your thoughts on social media with the #SMUServes hashtag.

> Register to attend “How Will Dallas Address the Issue of Affordable Housing?” at Eventbrite

Staff Celebration and Convocation scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

The SMU Staff Association, in collaboration with the Office of Operational Excellence, has created a new Staff Celebration and Convocation program honoring SMU staff excellence. The ceremony is for all SMU staff members and will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in McFarlin Auditorium.

President R. Gerald Turner will give his traditional State of SMU address as the keynote during the event. University Registrar John Hall, SMU’s longest-serving staff member, will be the featured speaker.

Staff members who have achieved 25 years of service to SMU will be honored, as well as the 2017 Presidential and Loretta Hawkins Award recipients. The ceremony with also recognize staff members who have continued their SMU service beyond 25 years, and previous Presidential and Loretta Hawkins Award recipients.

A reception with light refreshments will precede the ceremony at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the SMU Staff Association website.

By | 2017-09-14T14:09:28+00:00 September 14, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues 2017 season with Charles Barkley Wednesday, Sept. 20

Charles BarkleyThe PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues its 26th season with Basketball Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star Charles Barkley. The event takes place Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

An All-American center at Auburn, Barkley was drafted as a junior by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, appeared in 11 NBA All-Star Games and was named All-Star MVP in 1991. He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1993 and was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the league’s 50th anniversary in 1996.

Barkley also competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and won two gold medals as a member of Team USA. Since retiring as a player, Barkley has built successful careers as an author and television NBA analyst.

All Forum luncheons begin at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway near downtown Dallas. Single tickets are $75. Proceeds from PwC SMU Athletic Forum events are used to support University athletic scholarships and operating initiatives.

> Learn more about the PwC SMU Athletic Forum online: smu.edu/athleticforum

By | 2017-09-13T12:56:34+00:00 September 13, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series kicks off 2017-18 season Tuesday, Sept. 26

SMU Tate microphoneSMU’s 36th season of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series features an international affairs discussion with two prominent experts on emerging threats; a TED Prize-winning archaeologist who uses satellite imagery to uncover lost sites; the founder and president of the world’s largest political risk consultancy firm; and an evening with an Oscar-winning actor and crusader against childhood hunger.

All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Each lecturer will also participate in a free SMU Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event; faculty, staff members and students are welcome to attend.

The upcoming season at a glance:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and CNN international affairs expert Fareed Zakaria, joined by returning moderator David Gergen, former presidential advisor and CNN senior political analyst
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – Amanda Lindhout, freelance journalist, survivor of 460 days as a hostage in Somalia, author of the best-selling memoir A House in the Sky, and founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), dedicating to empowering citizens of conflict-ridden countries
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 – Sarah Parcak, archaeologist and anthropologist renowned for her innovative use of satellite imagery to locate archaeological sites, and recipient of a 2016 TED Prize that funded GlobalXplorer, an online portal for crowdsourcing satellite imagery analysis
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – Ian Bremmer, founder and president of Eurasia Group, the world’s largest political risk consultancy firm, and leading expert on how political risk affects policy decisions
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, one of the world’s largest nonprofit foundations with an endowment of $12.4 billion and a mission to “advance human welfare”
  • Tuesday, March 20 – Retired General David Petraeus, 37-year U.S. Army veteran and one of the most decorated military officers in U.S. history, former commander of coalition forces during the Iraq War and of United States Central Command, and former director of the CIA
  • Tuesday, April 10 – Shawn Achor, native Texan, best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before
    Happiness, and leading expert on the connection between happiness and success
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Jeff Bridges, seven-time Oscar nominee and Academy Award winner for Crazy Heart, and  national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that works to end childhood hunger in America

For more information, visit the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

By | 2017-09-13T12:42:35+00:00 September 13, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , |

SMU Meadows’ Ignite/Arts and Cara Mía Theatre Co. explore lives of DREAMers in Deferred Action Sept. 14-17, 2017

Rehearsal still photo from Deferred ActionSMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Ignite/Arts Dallas initiative, with co-presenter Cara Mía Theatre Co., will launch a touring version of an acclaimed play on the urgent topic of immigration and the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, originally produced and premiered at Dallas Theater Center in 2016.

Deferred Action by David Lozano and Lee Trull will begin its tour in North Texas with four performances at the Meadows School’s Bob Hope Theatre, Sept. 14-17. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $8 for SMU students, faculty and staff, and are available online at caramiatheatre.org.

Tickets will also be available through the Cara Mía box office in the Hope Theatre lobby one hour before each performance.

The play’s central character is Javier Mejía, one of the immigrants known as DREAMers who arrived in the United States as an undocumented minor. Now, after years in the States, he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. Javier hopes that temporary administrative mechanisms like Deferred Action will be the answer to his dilemma. But will hope be snatched away? Can politicians who say they are the DREAMers’ friends be trusted?

Co-author Lozano is Cara Mía executive artistic director, and Trull serves as Dallas Theater Center’s director of new play development. The touring version is directed by Lozano and features Cara Mía actors and other local and national professional performers.

Subsequent performancers are scheduled at the University of North Texas in Denton, the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Talento Bilingüe de Houston and the Encuentro de las Americas International Theatre Festival in Los Angeles. The touring production, the first ever undertaken by Cara Mía, was commissioned by Ignite/Arts Dallas and is sponsored by the Dallas-based Latino Center for Leadership Development.

On Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m., a free Community Conversation event will be held in the Bob Hope Theatre to discuss issues raised in the play. The event, sponsored by the Embrey Family Foundation, will feature a panel and open discussion with members of Cara Mía Theatre about the lives of DREAMers, immigration reform, and current national, state and local policies surrounding undocumented immigrants. Attendees are invited to stay afterward for a complimentary meal provided by Chipotle.

Admission to the Community Conversation is free, and no reservations are required.

> Read the full story at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts website

Joaquín Achúcarro to present rare solo concert Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium

Joaquin Achucarro 300pxThe Distinguished Performer Concert Series opens its 2017-18 season with a rare solo recital by world-renowned concert pianist, recording artist and Joel Estes Tate Professor Joaquín Achúcarro. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Roach Johnson ’54, longtime friend of Meadows School of the Arts.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Admission is $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available from the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS), or online: bit.ly/AchucarroConcert.

The all-Chopin concert will feature six works by the 19th-century Romantic composer, including his Prelude, Op. 45 in C-sharp minor; Fantasia Impromptu; Nocturne, Op. Posth. in C-sharp minor; Barcarolle, Op. 60; Polonaise, Op. 53 in A-flat major; and, after an intermission, 24 Preludes, Op. 28. Following the concert, Achúcarro will fly to London to record these Chopin works for a new CD.

> In Memoriam: Dallas civic leader, SMU benefactor Jeanne Roach Johnson

The late Jeanne Roach Johnson (1932-2017) – Dallas civic leader, investor and philanthropist – was a longtime supporter of SMU and of the Meadows School. A lifelong music lover, she gave several major gifts to establish endowment funds and initiatives for Meadows piano programs.

“Whether they know it or not, Jeanne Johnson’s legacy of philanthropy at the Meadows School has touched virtually every single music student for the last 20 years,” said Meadows Dean Samuel Holland. “The impact of her giving included a complete renovation of the music practice room complex, new and refurbished Steinway pianos, and scholarships for deserving students – not to mention a major gift to the National Center for Arts Research.

“Over many years, in part because of her love for the piano, Jeanne and our distinguished artist-in-residence, Joaquín Achúcarro, developed a warm and wonderful relationship. Jeanne was seen at virtually every piano event at the Meadows School and eagerly followed the careers of Joaquín’s students and alumni. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute for this great lady than for Achúcarro to dedicate this recital – of repertoire Jeanne particularly loved – to her memory and her legacy.”

In October 2015, the French magazine Diapason selected Achúcarro’s BMG-RCA recording of Bernard Herrmann’s Concerto Macabre for Piano and Orchestra with London’s National Philharmonic Orchestra as one of “The Best 100 Piano Recordings of All Time,” along with such legends as Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and Rubinstein. He has even had a planet named after him: The International Astronomical Union christened the miniplanet 22191 “Achúcarro” in his honor.

Since winning the 1959 Liverpool International Competition, Achúcarro has toured 61 countries and played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. He has performed with more than 200 major orchestras, from the New York, Los Angeles and London Philharmonics to La Scala of Milan and the Tokyo Symphony. He has also played with more than 350 conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle.

He has also received the highest honors in the arts bestowed in his native Spain: the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, The National Award for Music and the Great Cross of Civil Merit.

> Read the full story at the SMU Meadows homepage

Acts of Aggression at SMU’s Pollock Gallery showcases contemporary Guatemalan artists, Sept. 9-Oct. 14, 2017

Manuel Chavajay, Oq Ximtali, 2017 video performance, 400px

Manuel Chavajay, Oq Ximtali, from a 2017 video performance. Image courtesy the artist & Galería EXTRA.

SMU’s Pollock Gallery will present objects, images, texts and social projects by 11 contemporary artists from Guatemala in a new exhibition, Acts of Aggression: An Exhibition About Community. The show runs Sept. 9-Oct. 14, 2017.

Working 20 years after the official end of Guatemala’s civil war, the artists in Acts of Aggression “navigate the reconciliation of historic brutality with ongoing violence, challenge political amnesia, care for themselves and others, and build strategies for working through and around disastrous systemic failures,” according to a press release for the exhibition. Participating artists include Hellen Ascoli, Esvin Alarcón Lam, Edgar Calel, Manuel Chavajay Moralez, Margarita Figueroa, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer, Mario Santizo and Inés Verdugo.

Curator Laura A. L. Wellen will offer a walk-through during an opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The exhibit’s closing day, Saturday, Oct. 14, will feature a talk from 3-5 p.m. with Wellen, Meadows Division of Art Chair James Sullivan, and artists Hellen Ascoli and Reyes Josué Morales.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (English/Spanish) catalog.

Acts of Aggression exhibit 400pxWellen holds a Ph.D. degree in art history and is a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her website. She is also a 2017-18 Core Program Critic-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she runs the apartment gallery and artist residency Yvonne. Her writing has been published in ArtForum, Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas and Pastelegram, among other international publications.

The Pollock Gallery is operated by the Division of Art in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and is located on the first floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 214-768-4439 or visit the Pollock Gallery online.

Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Fall 2017

Dallas Hall steps from a 3rd-story window

As the 2017-18 academic year gets rolling, here are a few Fall 2017 dates to remember:

  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 4 (University offices closed, no classes)
  • First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2017-18: Wednesday, Sept. 6
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 9-10
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 23-24 (University offices closed, no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 23)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 4
  • Reading days: Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 5-6
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 7-13 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 16 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Monday, Dec. 25, 2017-Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events.

By | 2017-08-31T10:43:19+00:00 August 29, 2017|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|
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