Calendar Highlights: March 27, 2008

Honor your colleagues: The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty, tenured and tenure-track, for a number of external teaching awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000. Those submitting a candidate’s name should include a letter giving the rationale and indicating willingness to be a formal nominator if the person becomes the SMU nominee for an award. Please include names of three additional references for the nominee. Each nomination should be endorsed by the nominee’s department chair; chairs may endorse more than one nominee. Please send nominations to the Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, by April 20, 2008. Watch the SMU Forum for additional information.

Choir of King's College CambridgeFrom Russia with love: Pianist Andrey Ponochevny, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and mezzo soprano Marina Khankhalaeva, soloist of Buriatiya State Opera and Ballet Theatre, are featured performers in SMU’s 2008 Russian Festival beginning at 2 p.m. March 29 in the Meadows Museum. The program includes music and songs of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gavrilin, Bizet and Rossini. Tickets are $10-$20; admission is free for SMU students and children under 12. For more information, visit the Russian American Center website.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Religious Borders, Educational Borders: Cultural Practices and Spiritual Spaces, the Case of Latino Youth” 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 1 in 207 Kirby Hall. Featured speakers include Hector Rivera, assistant professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Harold Recinos, professor of church and society in Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Hector Rivera, 8-2917.

Drumming it up: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble performs with guest artists the Meadows World Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

D founder speaks: D Magazine founder and owner Wick Allison speaks in the next Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon April 2 in the SMU Faculty Club. Price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by March 28 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

From pews to bleachers: To commemorate the first day of 2008 baseball season, Perkins Associate Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm leads a baseball-themed Opening Day service at 11:30 a.m. April 2 in Perkins Chapel.

Art & Soul: The Perkins School of Theology’s 2008 Art & Soul program presents the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (top right) April 3 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $28 and available online from Ticketmaster.

A song for you: The Meadows Opera Theatre performs scenes from opera and musical theatre in “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Taubman Atrium. Bring your lunch.

Salman AhmadIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • March 29: Dancers, poets and musicians from Algeria, Bosnia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Syria present A Mystical Journey – Sufi Music and Other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World at 2 p.m. For ticket information, e-mail Golden Jubilee USA. (Bottom right, performer Salman Ahmad, photographed by Aziz Ladha.)
  • April 4: The SMU Program Council presents the 2008 edition of Sing Song, featuring student teams performing musical numbers and skits they create themselves. The show begins at 7 p.m.; for more information, call 8-4400.