Faculty in the News: Nov. 2, 2010

Rita Kirk's debate-meter for monitoring real-time reactions to political debatesRita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise in measuring real-time reactions to political debate for NBC 10 News in Providence, Rhode Island. A story on their work aired Oct. 28, 2010. Watch the NBC 10 video. video

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the effect Tea Party candidates will have on Washington and the Republican Party with Postmedia News Oct. 30, 2010. The article appeared in outlets including The Ottawa Citizen. He also discussed the importance of a no-tax-increases promise to Rick Perry’s race for Texas governor in The Wall Street Journal Oct. 27, 2010.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the possibility of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. running for president with The Deseret News of Salt Lake City Oct. 28, 2010.

Rick Worland, Cinema-Television, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about vampires in pop culture with host Krys Boyd on KERA Radio’s “Think” Oct. 28, 2010. Download or listen to a podcast. audio

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, talked about the state of the American economy with The New York Times Oct. 28, 2010.

Cox School offers summer business education for non-majors

Summer Business Institute class of 2009 SMU Cox Executive Education will offer an innovative, month-long certificate program to give non-business majors instruction in accounting, marketing, finance, operations management/IT, business law, career planning and other topics June 1-June 25.

The program is designed to give college juniors, seniors and recent graduates an edge when competing for jobs with other non-business majors.

The Summer Business Institute includes classroom instruction on the SMU campus as well as field trips to Dallas area companies so students can see for themselves how what they learned in the classroom translates to the real world.

“My son graduated with majors in comparative politics and Chinese. After graduation he enrolled in SBI to get a better sense of the corporate world,” says Gordon Walker, parent of a 2008 participant. “He was very happy with what he learned and how he learned it. I would recommend this program to any recent college graduate who felt the need to ramp up their knowledge about business before pursuing a career.”

Students may attend the institute on either a residential or non-residential basis. Applications and additional information are available by phone (214-768-2918, 866-768-1013), by e-mail to Cox Executive Education or online.

(Above, Cox Dean Al Niemi and faculty members Judy Foxman and Hemang Desai with the Summer Business Institute class of 2009.)

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Faculty in the News: March 16, 2010

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the White House push for health care legislation with The Washington Examiner March 16, 2010.

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, discussed anticipated growth for the U.S. economy – and the possibility that North Texas will outpace it – with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 2, 2010. He also talked about why businesses leave states, and why North Texas stands to gain from projected departures from California, with The Dallas Morning News March 15, 2010.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about the economy and the appeal of North Texas with The Dallas Morning News March 14, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the March party primaries, the races for governor in Texas and the chances for Democrats in the fall with CNN March 3, 2010. On the same day, he also spoke about the Texas governor’s race and the politicians involved with KERA Radio 90.1 FM. Read the story and listen to the discussion. audio

In addition, Jillson provided expertise for a story on anticipated candidate spending in the 2010 midterm elections that appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 13, 2010. He also discussed post-election political prospects for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and speculation on whether she will resign her seat in a WFAA TV Channel 8 broadcast that aired March 11, 2010. Read the full story and watch the news clip. video

Peter Raad, The Guildhall at SMU, talked about the Guildhall-cosponsored Indie Game Challenge and the Guildhall’s goals and achievements with GamerLive.TV during the 2010 D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas in February. Watch the video. video

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Dallas Morning News column by James Ragland about the Don Hill public corruption case. The column appeared March 3, 2010.

James Guthrie, senior fellow and director of education policy studies for the George W. Bush Institute and a faculty member in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed the qualities that make a good teacher and how to improve the quality of education with The Dallas Morning News Feb. 27, 2010.

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, provided expertise for a commentary on climate change and the weather by journalist Lee Cullum that was broadcast on KERA Radio 90.1 FM Feb. 26, 2010. Read and listen to the full commentary. audio

Cox School announces winners of children’s hospital fundraiser

cox-corporate-relay-logo.gifSMU’s Cox School of Business and the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors have announced the results from the 2009 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard.

The program, now in its 4th year, consists of 5-person relay teams who each participate in the full MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon relay (26.2 miles total). The 2009 race took place Dec. 13. Winning relay teams in a variety of categories share a purse of $30,000 in prize money, given directly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in the names of their respective corporations.

The awards were presented Jan. 19 at a reception in the Cox School’s Collins Executive Education Center.

“The Cox School is honored to co-sponsor the Corporate Relay Challenge with Behringer Harvard,” said Al Niemi, Cox dean. “We are committed to strengthening the community in which we live and work, and this event allows us to do so by supporting the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”

The 2009 winners:

  • Fastest Corporate Team (first corporate team to finish relay) – BNSF Velocity, 2 hours, 43 minutes and 57 seconds.
  • Most Corporate Teams (based on total number of 5-person teams completing the relay) Sewell, 13 teams total
  • Oldest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 13, 57.2 years
  • Youngest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 9, 21.6 years

“The Corporate Relay Challenge is a great example of how deeply entrenched corporations in Dallas are in community support efforts,” said Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors. “By participating in the Corporate Relay Challenge, they are not only involved in the biggest single-day spectator event in Dallas, but also support our extremely worthy beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”

Find a complete winners list at SMU News

Cox School scores in BusinessWeek rankings

Cox Business School quad from aboveSMU’s Cox School of Business has been ranked in the top 20 for all its graduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

The school’s Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) program is No. 9 among the top programs in the world, while the Professional M.B.A. (PMBA) program is ranked No. 15 in the United States. In an earlier ranking, BusinessWeek ranked the Cox full-time M.B.A. program No. 18.

The Cox School is the only one in the Southwest and one of eight in the nation with full-time M.B.A., PMBA and EMBA programs ranked in the top 20. In other rankings, the Cox School’s PMBA program is ranked No. 11 by U.S News & World Report, and the EMBA program is ranked No. 15 by The Wall Street Journal.

“The Cox School is consistently recognized for its exceptional educational experience,” says Dean Al Niemi. “An outstanding faculty, a strong global network, a strategic location in one of the world’s best cities for business, and a number of innovative programs, centers and institutes keep our students on the leading edge of business.”

Results of the EMBA ranking were based on a two-part survey in which the opinions of graduates and program directors each accounted for 50 percent of a school’s score. The Cox EMBA program was noted for its outstanding teaching and curriculum by its students.

The PMBA rankings were based on a student satisfaction survey (40 percent), academic quality (30 percent) and post-graduation outcomes (30 percent). Students praised the Cox School’s myriad of networking opportunities, mentorship program and industry connections in Dallas for setting the school apart.

The complete list of rankings can be found at BusinessWeek online.

Faculty in the News: Dec. 18, 2008

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, presented his 2009 economic forecast for the Bank of North Georgia Dec. 3, 2008. He was quoted on the recession and its impact on the state of Georgia in The Gwinnett Herald Dec. 12, 2008.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, talked about the importance to the U.S. economy of creating domestic manufacturing jobs in the November/December 2008 issue of Mother Jones magazine.

Marie-Luise Gaettens, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, discussed the increasing importance of being able to speak more than one language for business purposes with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 16, 2008.

Kevin Lambert, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, talked about increases in stress and violence during the holidays with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2008.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed the fact that lower gas prices have not yet translated to lower food prices with FOX 4 News Dec. 10, 2008.

Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed how religion influences culture and politics with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 13, 2008.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the propriety of President-Elect Barack Obama seeking input into the appointment of a successor to his Senate seat with The National Post of Canada Dec. 16, 2008.

For the Record: Dec. 5, 2008

SMU President’s Scholars Alexandra Hill and Katrina Josephson have been chosen as 2009-10 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. The Rotary Foundation has sponsored Ambassadorial Scholars since 1947, with key objectives being to “increase awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country” and to “develop leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community.”

Hill, a senior double-major in international studies and electrical engineering in Dedman College and the Lyle School of Engineering, will study at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Josephson, a senior political science and Spanish double major in Dedman College, will study at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in the Dominican Republic.

The Cox School of Business hosted an economic roundtable for Dallas-area media in November 2008. Participants included Cox Dean Al Niemi, Brian Bruce (Alternative Asset Management Center, Cox School of Business), Nathan Balke (Economics, Dedman College) and Cox adjunct professor Harvey Rosenblum of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

Cox M.B.A. program makes BusinessWeek Top 20

SMU Cox School of Business quadThe full-time M.B.A. program in SMU’s Cox School of Business has been ranked among the top 20 in the United States by BusinessWeek, coming in at #18 in the nation in the magazine’s 2008 ranking. When surveyed, Cox students gave the faculty an A+ for teaching and an A for career services.

The ranking solidifies the Cox School’s position among the top 20 for all of its graduate programs. BusinessWeek ranks Cox #11 and #13 worldwide for its Executive M.B.A. and Professional M.B.A. programs, respectively. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the Cox E.M.B.A. program #15, and the P.M.B.A. program #9 in the nation.

In September 2008, The Wall Street Journal ranked the Cox E.M.B.A. program #15 in the United States.

“Our students and recruiters have spoken, and the Cox School has received glowing recognition,” said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean of the Cox School. “Having top-ranked M.B.A. programs begins with an outstanding faculty and offering admission to students with strong academic and professional backgrounds. The classroom environment allows our students to learn not just from our tremendous faculty but also from each other. This collaborative atmosphere prepares them well for their careers.”

“We have always said that we will continue to make this the best M.B.A. experience possible and the rankings will follow,” said Marci Armstrong, associate dean for graduate programs. “We are delighted that our students and faculty are finally receiving the recognition they so richly deserve.”

“The Best B-Schools” is featured in the November 24, 2008 issue of BusinessWeek and online at www.businessweek.com/bschools.

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Cox program ranked 15th in the world

Cox quad aerialSMU’s Cox School of Business has been ranked #15 in the United States in The Wall Street Journal‘s 2008 premier ranking of Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) programs, released Sept. 30.

Cox is one of 10 schools consistently named as top E.M.B.A. programs across ranking programs. The other 9 include Columbia, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, USC and Emory.

Currently, the Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report rank the Cox E.M.B.A. #15 in the nation. U.S. News also ranks the Cox Professional M.B.A. (P.M.B.A.) program #9 in the nation. BusinessWeek ranks Cox #11 and #13 worldwide for its E.M.B.A. and P.M.B.A. programs, respectively.

“We are delighted that The Wall Street Journal has ranked the Cox School’s prestigious E.M.B.A. program as one of the top programs in the world,” said Cox Dean Albert W. Niemi Jr.. “Our faculty, staff, current students and graduates work hard to make the Cox School the best it can be, and they deserve the credit for this recognition.”

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Faculty in the News: April 25, 2008

Charles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, participated in a Q&A in The Dallas Morning News April 20, 2008, concerning the significance of the first U.S. visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

William Lawrence, Theology Dean, spoke about the issues facing the United Methodist Church during its General Conference in Fort Worth with The Dallas Morning News April 23, 2008.

Al Niemi, Business Dean, discussed the factors that have allowed Dallas to surpass New York City as home to the most Fortune 500 companies in BusinessWeek magazine April 22, 2008.