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Calendar Highlights, Feb. 4, 2015

Photograph taken at SMU Meadows Susannah recital

Photograph taken at SMU Meadows Opera Theatre rehearsal for upcoming production Susannah.

Meadows Opera Theatre: The award-winning Meadows Opera Theatre, directed by Hank Hammett, presents the two-act opera SusannahTickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and are available for purchase online. The production will run from Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-2787.

Clements Center Senior Fellow Lecture: Lead by Clements Center Research Senior Fellow Rachel St. John, the Annual Clements Center Senior Fellow Lecture will explore “Unmanifest America: The Unstable Borders of 19th-Century North America & the Strange Career of William Gwin.St. John will present her research on William Gwin, the once prominent speculator and politician who attempted to expand the boundaries of the Untied States during the 19th century. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in McCord Auditorium. Although this event is free and open to the public, seating is limited and guests are encouraged to register online. For more information, call 214-768-3684.

Faith Colloquium: The Bolin Family 2015 Public Life|Personal Faith Colloquium presents former While House Chief of Staff Andrew and his wife, the Rev. Kathleen Card. Sponsored by the SMU Perkins School of Theoogy, the event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6. The informal Q&A-style Colloquium, free and open to the public, will be from 10-11 a.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 5901 Bishop Boulevard. For more information, visit Perkin’s Public Life|Personal Faith webpage. 

Meadows Museum Symposium: Co-organized by the Meadows Museum and Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, the Meadows Museum Symposium presents “Curating Goya,” Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.  Curators of recent and upcoming shows on Francisco Goya will discuss how different approaches to exhibiting Goya’s work invite new paths for understanding his art. While this is a free event with no registration required, seating will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

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“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet.

U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet: Presented by the Meadows School of the Arts“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet from Washington D.C., will give a free concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Caruth Auditorium. As America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, the quintet’s mission is to perform for the president of the United States and the commandant of the Marine Corps. For more information, call the Meadows School Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 28, 2015

engaged-learning-logoBig iDeas Demo Day: SMU Engaged Learning concludes Engaged Learning Week with Big iDeas Demo Day on Friday, Jan. 30, 12-5 p.m., in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus. A free buffet lunch and the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners Fair will begin at noon. Next, the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners will compete to receive up to $5,000 in project funding in the Business Plan Competition starting at 2 p.m.  For more information, visit the Engaged Learning webpage or email Susan Kress.

BP DEMO DAY TILECampus Kids’ Day: Following their match versus Sam Houston State at the SMU Tennis Complex, the SMU Women’s Tennis Team will host a free Campus Kids’ Day Clinic on Friday, Jan. 30. Started by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Campus Kids’ Day Clinics expose current and aspiring junior players to college tennis. The match begins at 3 p.m. with the clinic following at approximately 5 p.m. The clinic will be open to kids of all ages. To register for the free clinic, email SMU Women’s Tennis Head Coach Kati Gyulai.

Meadows Community Series:  SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents six community concerts and events as part of its “Meadows Community Series.” Designed to bring Meadows performances into the community, the Meadows Wind Ensemble will start the spring series at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 in Dallas City Performance HallThe series also features concerts by the SYZYGY new music ensemble, Meadows choirs, Meadows Opera Theatre and Meadows Symphony Orchestra, as well as a dance performance and children’s creative movement class at Klyde Warren Park. For additional information and a full schedule of the series, visit the Meadows Community Series webpage.  

Faculty Piano Recital: As part of their faculty performance series, SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents Catharine Lysinger. Lysinger is a senior lecturer and artistic director of the Meadows Piano Preparatory Department. The performance is free, and will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., in Caruth Auditorium. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

ignitelogofinalThe Crain All-University Leadership Conference: Seeking to “ignite” leadership within the SMU community, the 2015 Crain All-University Leadership Conference will take place Feb. 6-7, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Chad Morris, SMU’s new Head Football Coach, and Shanterra McBride, SMU Alumna and founder of Preparing Leaders of Today. For additional information, visit the conference webpage.

Calendar Highlights: The Spring 2015 term at a glance

Dallas Hall steps from a 3rd-story windowWelcome back! SMU’s 2015 Spring Term begins Friday, Jan. 16 – a few important dates at a glance:

  • Friday, Jan. 16: First day of classes for the 2015 Spring Term
  • Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day (University closed). SMU celebrates MLK Day of Service 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – learn more at smu.edu/volunteer
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Spring 2015 General Faculty Meeting
  • Monday-Sunday, March 9-15: Spring Break
  • Friday, April 3: Good Friday (University closed)
  • Monday, April 13: Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza
  • Friday, April 17: Founders’ Day
  • Monday, May 4: Last day of classes for Spring 2015
  • Tuesday, May 5: Reading Day
  • Wednesday-Tuesday, May 6-12: Final examinations (no exams scheduled on Sunday)
  • Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate
  • Saturday, May 16: All-University Commencement and school/department diploma ceremonies

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.

Political and social analyst David Brooks delivers Tate Lecture, Nov. 11, 2014

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SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents political and social analyst David Brooks Tuesday, Nov. 11. 

Brooks will offer his insight and opinion on current events to continue the 33rd season of Tate Lectures. Brooks will give The Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Through his humor, insight and passion, Brooks has a gift for brining audiences face-to-face with the spirit of the times. He is a detailed observer of the American way of life and a perceptive analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.

He holds several prestigious positions as commentator:

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)Brooks’ current book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, tells the story of a fictional American couple to explain the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture and the future. His previous books, Bobos in Paradise and On Paradise Drive are in a style he calls “comic sociology” – providing descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in.” All three novels are as witty and entertaining, as they are revealing and insightful.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can got to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series

> For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

 

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2014

Unknown1Pumpkins and Professors: SMU Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences presents Pumpkins and Professors Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Scholar’s Den of Clements Hall Basement. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to come together outside the classroom for a spooky evening of coffee and conversation. Professors are welcome to bring their families and students are encouraged to bring their friends. For more information, contact Aubrey Richardson.

From Curanderos to Heart Surgeons and Back Again: Health, Healing and Resiliency in the Hispanic Southwest: In celebration of the SMU Department of Anthropology’s 50th anniversary, SMU distinguished alumni Robert T. Trotter will discuss the practice of curanderismoCuranderismo is part of a historically and culturally important health care system deeply rooted in native Mexican healing techniques. The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., in McCord Auditorium. To RSVP, please contact Pamela Hogan.

US Congressman Pete Sessions: SMU College Republicans presents US Congressman Pete Sessions Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Sessions will speak to students about current events and issues. For more information, contact Cole Chandler.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Brown Bag Concert: Meadows School of the Arts presents a lively noontime concert by Meadows Jazz Orchestra directed by Dylan Smith. The concert will take place Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:45 p.m., in the Tubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact Dylan Smith.

WNSoFF4XBig iDeas Pitch Contest: In search of the next big student innovation, SMU Big iDeas will host The Big iDeas Pitch Contest Friday, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower. The contest is an open event for undergraduates with big ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world. For more information, contact Big iDeas via email or phone 214.768.4788.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: As part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Meadows School of the Arts presents Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus. Focusing on African American identity through cultural and political movements, Cyrus’s work explores events such as the Jazz Age of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and their consequent appropriation by mainstream culture. The lecture will take place Monday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Owen Arts Center, B600. For additional information, call 214.768.1222.

Peace, Politics & Plutonium: The Hillel of Dallas and SMU Jewish Studies present a lunch and lecture with Gil Hoffman as he offers an insider’s look at mayhem in the Middle East. The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 5, 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in Heroy Hall, Room 153. To RSVP, please contact SMU Jewish Studies by Oct. 31.

Gerald J. Ford to speak at SMU’s 2014 December Commencement on Dec. 20

Blue mortarboards at SMU December Commencement 2013. Photo by Guy RogersThe SMU community will celebrate the graduation of more than 600 students at its 2014 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 20. Entrepreneur and SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69 will give the address.

Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports open at 8:30 a.m., when formal portrait sessions will begin. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.; doors close at 9:40 a.m.

Prior to the ceremony, there will be a faculty breakfast at 8:45 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club, Moody Coliseum. The Champions Club is located inside the new wing of Moody on Binkley Avenue. The faculty should assemble in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Champions Club. RSVP for the Faculty Breakfast online or call 214-768-3417.

> Complete information for December Commencement candidates, guests and faculty from the SMU Registrar

The December Commencement Convocation is a formal ceremony open to degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. All participants must wear academic regalia; students without regalia will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a cap and gown. No honor ribbons or other decorations or adornments may be worn to this ceremony, including messages or images on mortarboards.

Find complete rules for regalia at the University Registrar’s homepage

Gerald J. Ford

Gerald J. Ford

Gerald J. Ford is chairman of the board and principal shareholder of both the Diamond A Ford Corporation and Hilltop Holdings Inc., a Texas-based diversified financial holding company. He also is the co-managing member and principal investor in Ford Financial Fund II LP, a private equity firm.

Ford also is an owner of thoroughbred horse breeding and racing operations in Kentucky and California, and a working ranch in New Mexico. He is the former chairman of the board, CEO, and a principal shareholder of Golden State Bancorp Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, California Federal Bank FSB, a Federal Savings Bank that merged with Citigroup in 2002.

In October 2013, Ford and his wife, Kelli O. Ford, and The Gerald J. Ford Family Foundation committed $15 million as the lead gift to construct an SMU research center. The new state-of-the-art building will support research facilitated by SMU’s high-performance computing capabilities, among other projects. Previously, Ford has provided gifts for Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the Circle of Champions Centennial Challenge, and the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellows Program, which annually honors outstanding faculty members with funding to support their research and creative endeavors.

He is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and a former Board chair, a member of the Executive Board of Dedman School of Law, a member of the Campaign Leadership Council and currently is the convening co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

Ford earned a B.A. degree in economics from Dedman College in 1966 and a J.D. degree from what is now the Dedman School of Law in 1969. He was honored with SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and the Mustang Award in 1997 recognizing significant philanthropic contributions to the University. He received the Dedman School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.

> Learn more about Gerald J. Ford

The ceremony lasts about two hours. No guest tickets are required, and free parking will be available throughout the campus. Find more information for students and guests at SMU’s December Commencement homepage: smu.edu/DecemberCommencement.

Faculty participation information
Complete instructions for candidates
Information for guests, including maps, travel discounts and more
Information for guests with disabilities
December Commencement simulcast and photo information

Sports Highlights: Sept. 24, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.27.36 PMWomen’s Soccer:  Mustang first-year Lauren Guerra was named the American Athletic Conference “Rookie of the Week.” Guerra scored both goals in the Mustangs 2-1 victory over Gonzaga this past Sunday. Guerra will take the field again in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 25 and return home to play BYU Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. More information on this weeks game, including live stats, is available here.

Men’s Soccer: After his performance in SMU’s 2-0 win over Oral Roberts, Benjamin Joseph was also named American Athletic Conference “Rookie of the Week.” Joseph scored the match winning shot and pushed the Mustangs to 3-3 on the 2014 season. Watch Joseph play as SMU hosts Tulsa Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. at Wescott Field. More information on the match, including live stats, is available here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.44.50 PMWomen’s Volleyball: After extending their win streak to program-best 11 matches, Mustangs received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for the third straight week after winning three matches at the SMU Doubletree Classic. Mustangs will begin American Athletic Conference against UCF on Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

Men’s Football: SMU will play its second straight home game against rival TCU on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. For more information, including live stats as the Mustangs battle the Horned Frogs for the Iron Skillet, click here.

Women’s Golf: Mustangs brought home the title from the 2014 East & West Match Play Challenge in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend. SMU Women’s Golf will head to the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma. Hosted by Oklahoma, the event will take place at the Belmar Golf Course, Oct. 3-6.

SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents ‘Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid’ Sept. 17, 2014

BwjF4ZXCEAAqvAlIn 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite significant pressure from American citizens to act strongly against the racist regime, Reagan’s administration insisted on a policy of “constructive engagement.”

During this American struggle over apartheid, the largest national upsurge of campus civil disobedience occurred since the 1960s. This explosion of activism in support of southern African liberation movements enabled Congress to override Reagan’s veto and impose sanctions with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.

As part of the Presidential Forum lecture series, the SMU Center for Presidential History presents “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid.” Co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement,” the event will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests:

Rozell W. "Prexy" Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt and Dr. Piero Gleijeses

Rozell W. “Prexy” Nesbitt is an educator and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism, and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

Piero Gleijeses is a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the leading scholars of the global Cold War and the struggle over apartheid.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium.

> Register for “Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid” here

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 3, 2014

Meadows School’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: International concert artists Alexander Kobrin and Emanuel Borok present the first of three concerts devoted to the complete collection of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. The performance will take place in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Larry Palmer, Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Larry Palmer, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ.

Faculty Recital featuring Larry Palmer: For his 45th annual faculty recital, SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer will play organ works by Saint-Saens, Bach, De Gringy, Calvin Hampton, Wilbur Held and Thomas Hewitt-Jones. Also featured will be harpsichord works by Rameau, Bussoni, Hessenberg, Fredrico Mompou and Domenico Scarlatti. The performance is free and open to the public and will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Monday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.

After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy: Join two of the country’s most respected strategic thinkers, Hal Brands and Barry R. Posen, for a provocative discussion regarding the American grand strategy for maintaining national security. The event will take place in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to tower@smu.edu if you are interested in attending or have any additional questions.

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