Save the Date

SMU to celebrate National Night Out at the Flagpole on Oct. 2

Tuesday, Oct. 2, is National Night Out, and SMU students, faculty and staff will gather with community members on the Main Quad from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to share emergency and safety demonstrations and information. Campus-area neighbors are invited to attend.

SMU Police co-sponsor SMU’s National Night Out, which is designed to raise awareness of crime prevention. University Park Police and Fire Department, and the Dallas Sheriff’s Department also will participate.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 2

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food served by SMU Dining, games, dunk tank
  • 6 p.m. Residence hall room burning simulation
  • 6:15 p.m. CareFlite helicopter landing

Where: SMU Flagpole, 3300 Dyer Street

By | 2018-10-02T10:18:55+00:00 October 1, 2018|Categories: News, Save the Date|

Marcia McNutt, first woman to lead National Academy of Sciences, to speak Oct. 1

Leaving a trail of shattered glass ceilings behind her, the first woman to lead the National Academy of Sciences – the United States’ most prestigious scientific organization – will speak at SMU Monday, Oct 1.

Geophysicist Marcia McNutt will be interviewed by Krys Boyd, host of KERA’s mid-day program, “Think,” at 7 p.m in SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. The event is free and open to the public. McNutt’s visit, sponsored by SMU Reads, complements the 2018 SMU Reads common reading selection, Lab Girl, by paleobiologist Hope Jahren.

McNutt will speak about her myriad experiences – serving as lead scientist on deep-sea diving explorations, leading the team of scientists charged with containing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and, as the first woman editor of Science, becoming an outspoken voice in support of evidence-based decision-making.

McNutt’s career includes researching volcano hot spots beneath French Polynesia as a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and mentoring young scientists as a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She was the first female president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, and the first woman to lead the United States Geologic Survey (2009-2013), where she confronted what she called her “Omaha Beach,” leading the team that capped 60,000 gallons of oil leaking daily into the ocean after the explosion of Deepwater Horizon.

From 2013 to 2016, she put her stamp on Science Magazine as its first female editor, writing more than 60 editorials. In 2016, McNutt accepted the position as head of the National Academy of Sciences, the government’s premier science advisory organization, perhaps her most influential position yet. Established in 1863, the academy, a private, nonprofit society of scholars, provides independent advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.

“It’s not the role of the academy to say what the policies should be, but it is the role of science to project the consequences,” McNutt says. “Advice from the academy could be transformational to help the nation—and the world—do the right thing.”

By | 2018-09-18T15:58:25+00:00 September 12, 2018|Categories: News, Save the Date|

SMU Triumph of the Spirit Human Rights Award to honor international Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld

The world’s best-known Nazi hunters, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, will make a rare visit to Dallas Nov. 15 to accept SMU’s global 2018 Triumph of the Spirit Award, presented by the Embrey Human Rights Program in SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance also will receive the award for their dedication to educating museum-goers about the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to fight prejudice, hatred and indifference.

“We want to recognize the bridge between those who led the effort to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of the Holocaust and those educators who are working to ensure that current and future generations will remember what can happen when people remain silent in the face of an assault on humanity and dignity,” said Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program.

The Triumph of the Spirit Award is a biennial award presented to Dallas-based and global human rights leaders in honor of their accomplishments, innovation and commitment to human rights. The dinner and celebration will begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 15, in the Mack Ballroom in Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St., on the SMU campus. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at Triumph of the Spirit Award.

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By | 2018-09-18T16:27:21+00:00 August 27, 2018|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , |

Explore ‘Hidden Scripts’ with the Cultural Intelligence Initiative at SMU

The Cultural Intelligence Initiative at SMU (CIQ@SMU) is offering faculty, staff and students opportunities this summer to examine the cultural identities and languages that shape interactions.

CIQ@SMU will present “Hidden Scripts,” a seminar that explores how geographical, age, gender, political, economic, racial and sexual identities affect how individuals collaborate with others and make decisions. The seminar is from 10 a.m. to noon June 21, July 18 and August 31 in Umphrey Lee Center.

Campus community members may register online for the June 21, July 18 or August 31 seminar here.

“Faculty, staff and students have provided input and inspiration that have shaped ‘Hidden Scripts’ since we piloted the seminar earlier this spring,” says Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the Provost for cultural intelligence and associate professor of corporate communication and public affairs in Meadows School of the Arts. “Participants in ‘Hidden Scripts’ will discuss concepts including cultural identities and affinities, and how these narratives can support or hinder our abilities to work and learn with one another.”

> Learn more about CIQ@SMU: smu.edu/ciq

Celebration of Life for longtime SMU staff member Gary Shultz to take place Monday, April 23, 2018

The SMU Office of the Chaplain has invited the University community to celebrate the life of longtime staff member Gary Shultz at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2018. The event will take place in The Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, in the theology quad.

A former Dallas Times-Herald journalist, Shultz was an SMU employee for more than 25 years and most recently served as director of online media relations and communications in the Office of News and Communications, SMU Public Affairs. Among his many accomplishments was his involvement in the creation of SMU’s first website. The smu.edu site continues to bear the marks of his original and ongoing work.

Shultz died on Thursday, April 5 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, two daughters, and grandchildren. His family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation.

For more information, contact the SMU Office of News and Communication, 214-768-7650.

Updated SMU Facts map available for 2018; order by April 17

2018 SMU Facts Map, photo by Hillsman S. Jackson

The SMU Facts map has been updated for 2018, and it’s now available for order.

The map folds down to a compact 3- by 6-inch size. On one side, a three-dimensional view of campus offers information about each SMU school, Mustang athletics, the Meadows Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The other side has vital statistics about University facilities, finances and student body, as well as important information about rankings, libraries, student life, alumni, research activity and much more – plus new and updated information on degrees conferred, external research funding, DFW alumni and other vital statistics.

Print copies are still only 25 cents each, and there is no minimum order. Maps are expected to arrive by early May.

To order copies, please send quantity, delivery location and account number to Lisa Barnes, marketing services director, by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Save the date: Spring Dance Concert to honor retiring SMU dance faculty artist Danny Buraczeski April 4-8, 2018

Danny BuraczeskiThe SMU Meadows 2018 Spring Dance Concert will honor award-winning jazz dance faculty artist Danny Buraczeski, who retires in May after 13 years of teaching at SMU, with a retrospective of seven of his works.

Featured will be dances created over the past 30 years for professional companies and for SMU students, ranging from 1989’s Merry Go Round to In the City, which premiered in 2013 at SMU’s “Meadows at the Winspear” concert. Performers will include current students; alumni Albert Drake and Adrián Aguirre; and the Zenon Dance Company from Minneapolis, long-time collaborators of Buraczeski’s who performed his critically acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheel in 2016 in Cuba.

The concert will be presented in two alternating programs, April 4-8, 2018, in SMU’s Bob Hope Theatre. On Tuesday, April 3, the Division of Dance also will host a panel discussion about Buraczeski’s choreography from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hope Theatre. The panel will include dance artists who worked with Buraczeski in his professional companies and participated in creating some of his seminal works.

“Danny Buraczeski has for years been one of the country’s leading jazz dance choreographers,” said Samuel Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “His artistry, passion and dedication to jazz music and dance have inspired both students and professional dancers for four decades. We will miss him greatly, but our dance department will continue to perform his exciting and inventive works and carry on his legacy for future generations of SMU dancers.”

“Danny is one of the most prolific and significant voices in the world of jazz dance,” said SMU Dance Chair Patty Delaney. “This retrospective allows us to experience his seminal works live and, through discussion with those who worked with him during their creation, we have the opportunity to fully appreciate the artistic contributions Danny has made to the field of dance. The SMU Dance Division is exceptionally fortunate to have had Danny on our faculty for 13 years.”

Buraczeski joined the SMU faculty in 2005 and rose to the rank of full professor. At SMU he taught classic jazz dance technique, composition and choreography and launched a national, biannual Teaching Jazz Dance Symposium, drawing educators, choreographers and dancers from around the country to SMU. He also served as artistic director for the Dance Division’s Brown Bag Concerts.  He was named Dance Educator of the Year by the Dance Council of North Texas in 2010 and Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2017. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Dance.

> Learn more about Danny Buraczeski and the Spring Dance Concert repertoire from SMU News

SMU’s 2018 Honors Convocation and Hilltop Excellence Awards take place Monday, April 16

Honors Day Convocation - Jodi Cooley, Bob Kehoe and studentsSMU’s annual celebration of high achievement in academics and community life takes place during the 2018 Honors Convocation and Hilltop Excellence Awards on Monday, April 16.

Honors Convocation begins at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, and the Hilltop Excellence Awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

> Coming April 16: Watch Honors Convocation live on the web at smu.edu/live

SMU reserves one Monday each April to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff members, trustees and administrators in the two ceremonies. The Honors Convocation recognizes academic achievement at the University and department levels.

Read the full list of SMU’s 2018 Honors Convocation award and honors recipients

Maria Dixon HallThis year’s convocation speaker is Maria Dixon Hall, senior adviser to the SMU Provost, associate professor in the Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs in Meadows School of the Arts, and adjunct associate professor of homiletics in Perkins School of Theology. Appointed in August 2016 as Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Intelligence, Dixon Hall is charged with oversight of the University’s efforts to ensure that all members of the SMU community are equipped to effectively create, collaborate, and work on solutions to change the world. In this role, she is responsible for development and implementation of the University’s new cultural intelligence curriculum and training program.

As director of mustangconsulting, Dixon Hall heads a staff of some of SMU’s best and brightest communication students. The group serves a global client list that includes corporate, nonprofit, and religious organizations such as Southwest Airlines (Dallas), The Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York), the Ugandan American Partnership Organization (Kampala/Dallas), The Lydia Patterson Institute (El Paso), and Carry the Load (Atlanta/Dallas).

A graduate of the Culverhouse School of Business at the University of Alabama, Dixon Hall earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, as well as a Ph.D. in organizational communication and religion from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Find more information on Honors Convocation

Retired and current faculty members who have RSVP’ed for the ceremony will assemble for Honors Convocation in academic dress no later than 5:10 p.m. on the third floor of McFarlin Auditorium. The faculty procession will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony on the Main Quad.

Participating faculty members must RSVP online by Thursday, April 12, 2018. Faculty members with questions regarding the procession can e-mail ceremonies@smu.edu or call 214-768-3417.

Later, the University will present several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2018 Hilltop Excellence Awards. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Hilltop Excellence Awards honorees will be listed in SMU Forum the day after the ceremony.

Follow SMU Student Activities @SMUStuAct for live updates from the ceremony, and share your Twitter and Instagram posts from the Hilltop Excellence Awards with the #HilltopExcellence hashtag.

Learn more about the Hilltop Excellence Awards from SMU Student Life

Save the date: SMU Research Day 2018 scheduled for March 28-29

This story was originally published Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Research Day 2017SMU Research Day is growing so much that in 2018 it will take two days to share the experience. Save the dates for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28-29, in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

March 28 is devoted to the Poster Session, which is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. in the Promenade Ballroom. SMU graduate students and a select cohort of undergraduates will present results of ongoing and completed University-based research. The session aims to “foster communication between students in different disciplines, give students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community,” according to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

New this year: the Three Minute Thesis Competition, which will take place 9 a.m.-noon on March 29. The 3MT competition format, developed by the University of Queensland, gives graduate students 180 seconds in which to explain their work, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. It is designed to help students cultivate, integrate and hone their academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

> Visit the SMU Research Day homepage

AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson to address SMU students during 103rd Commencement May 19, 2018

Randall L. Stephenson, ATT CEORandall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Moody Coliseum.

Since rising to the position of CEO in 2007, Stephenson has guided AT&T through a number of major milestones, including the ongoing acquisition of Time Warner, the 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV, and the purchase of Mexican wireless companies to create a North American network.

Stephenson also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an awareness program educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The program has amassed more than 19 million pledges of support.

“We are honored to have a pioneering business and technology leader of Mr. Stephenson’s stature as featured speaker at Commencement,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “He is a striking example of what can be accomplished when someone possesses a clear vision of where they want to go. I know he will inspire each of our graduating students to form their own grand vision of what they want to accomplish in their lives with the knowledge they’ve acquired at SMU.”

AT&T contributed $2.5 million to SMU in 2016 to endow the AT&T Center for Virtualization and fund its research into the fast, reliable cloud-based telecommunications necessary for global activity. SMU and AT&T have also partnered with other organizations to create the Payne Stewart SMU Golf Training Center at the Trinity Forest Golf Club, which will become home to the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson this year and annually host NCAA invitational tournaments and additional high-profile professional and amateur events.

Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served as the company’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2007 as chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005.

Stephenson is a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board and National Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. He received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.

SMU expects to award more than 2,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the University-wide ceremony. The University’s individual schools and departments will host diploma ceremonies throughout the day.

— Written by Kenny Ryan

> Keep up with the latest SMU Commencement information at smu.edu/commencement

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