Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2010

Champ, the Dallas Mavericks mascotWe’re having a party: Refreshments, free stuff, live music by SMU student Julian Spearman and special appearances by the Dallas Mavericks – plus the Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and mascot Champ (right) – will be served at the 2010 Hughes-Trigg Student Center Birthday Celebration. The party takes place noon-1 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons and is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 214-768-4498.

Hooping it up: The winningest coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history, Bobby Knight, will be the next speaker in the 2010 SMU Athletic Forum. The event takes place noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Forward thinking: SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering presents Aart de Geus (’85), chairman and CEO of Synopsys Inc., in the inaugural lecture of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall. A reception follows at 4 p.m. RSVP online or contact Erin Sutton, 214-768-2874.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Punjabi Virsa 2010Oct. 15: Square Peg Productions presents a capella singing group Straight No Chaser at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

Oct. 16: Stars of Punjabi music take the stage in the Punjabi Virsa 2010 concert tour at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Penny Sidhu, 682-225-4500, or Jagraj Singh, 972-951-0005.

Oct. 20: AEG Live presents folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

For the Record: Jan. 24, 2008

SMU’s School of Engineering will induct three outstanding alumni into its Hall of Leaders during ceremonies Mar. 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The 2008 honorees are Aart de Geus (’85), chairman, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Valley electronic design automation company Synopsys; Karen Shuford (’70), Dallas civic leader, volunteer and charitable trust consultant for the Bank of America Private Client Group; and Richard Ru-Gin Chang (’85), founder, president, CEO and executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in Shanghai.

Robert Frank, Music, was one of three composers nationwide to receive a Special Distinction citation in the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize competition. The Nissim Prize is presented annually by The ASCAP Foundation in New York, to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. Frank was recognized for his composition Fast Falls the Eventide, a 12-minute orchestral work in one movement written for, and premiered by, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Phillips in 2004. The competition, which is judged by a jury of professional conductors, drew more than 315 entries from around the United States.