SMU students, faculty and staff who lead and serve their community were recognized April 15 during the 2009 Excellence in Service and Leadership Awards.
The awards were sponsored by the University’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement, which supports leadership and service activities on campus and in North Texas.
Wright L. Lassiter Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, delivered the keynote address, in which he urged students to lead with their hearts and make an impact in their communities.
“As my father told me from a young age, ‘Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy here on earth,'” Lassiter said. “And then he would add, ‘Junior, I want you to always live in a high-rent district.'”
This year’s winners include:
- Outstanding President: Jaipreet Singh Suri, president of the Sikh Student Association
- Outstanding Student Leader: Keelie Rood, director of administration for Student Foundation
- Individual with Outstanding Leadership Skills: Clayton Gregory
- Outstanding Residence Life Leader: Nicola Muchnikoff, resident assistant in McElvaney Hall
- Inspirational Adviser: Erin Duffy, campus minister for Catholic Campus Ministry
- Individual Dedicated to Service: Cody Meador, founder of the SMU chapter of Democracy Matters and Dallas Stewpot volunteer
- Student Organization: Black Men Emerging
- Greek Organization: Omega Psi Phi
Service-Learning Faculty Awards
- Newcomer in Service-Learning: Julie Adkins, anthropology instructor, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
- Excellence in Service-Learning: Bruce Levy, director of the Center for Academic-Community Engagement and senior lecturer in English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
(Above, young students and their SMU tutors outside the University’s Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) House in East Dallas.)
• Visit the Office of Leadership and Community Involvement on the web
Fast times: The Meadows Wind Ensemble presents “A Short Ride to Motown!” at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).
Art and Soul 2008: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (top right) at 7:30 p.m Oct. 3 in The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The concert is part of Art & Soul 2008, a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Tickets are $20-$45 and are available from www.ticketmaster.com and at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 214-373-8000.
Find your strengths: SMU Cox Executive Education and External Affairs welcome career success expert and 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecturer Marcus Buckingham (bottom right) for a special presentation to the SMU community. “The Truth About You” takes place at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium, and special ticket pricing is available for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 8-4174.
Culture and revolt: Dedman College’s Graduate Program in Religious Studies presents David N. Hempton, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, in the 2008 Tate-Willson Lectures. Hempton will speak on “Culture Wars: George Eliot and Fundamentalism” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and “Artists in Revolt: Vincent van Gogh and James Baldwin” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120. The lectures are free and open to the public.
About the journey: SMU hosts producer Morgan Atkinson in a screening of his film “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, Catholic Campus Ministry, Pax Christi and the Maria Kannan Zen Center.
Rev. Anthony Lackland joined SMU in August as chaplain of the University’s Catholic community. He succeeds Deacon Bronson Havard, who served as chaplain for more than five years.
Ordained in June 2006, “Father Tony” received his B.M. degree in voice performance from SMU in 1993. He holds the position of full-time University chaplain concurrently with his post as Assistant Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Dallas. Most recently, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richardson.
In addition, the University’s Catholic Campus Ministry is launching a new project centered on vocation. The four programs that make up the project, collectively called To Love and Serve the Lord, will address issues of religious vocation both broadly and in terms of vocations to the priesthood, religious life or lay ecclesial ministry. The programs will be funded substantially by a $12,000 grant from The Fund For Theological Education’s Calling Congregations initiative.
• Visit the SMU Catholic Campus Ministry website
The discussion begun in the “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams” conference continues March 26 with SMU’s first follow-up event, “The University as a Mentoring Environment: Life of the Mind and Life of the Spirit.” The brown-bag panel discussion will be led by Marva McGrew, Hegi Family Career Development Center; Frank Santoni, Catholic Campus Ministry; and Matthew Wilson, Department of Political Science.
The event is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Atrium A-B (3rd floor). Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided.