SMU sees green during 2008 Earth Week

Community gardeningSMU observes 2008 Earth Week April 14-22 with events and activities ranging from residence hall recycling competitions to student leadership training.

Campus sustainability activist Rachel Barge will offer a training session for student environmental leaders 5-7 p.m. April 16 in 153 Heroy Hall. As an undergraduate at the University of California-Berkeley, Barge co-created The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student fee program that raises $200,000 annually for Berkeley campus sustainability projects including clean energy and transportation, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling and composting programs.

The University will participate in two public outreach events 8 a.m.-noon April 19. They include a tree planting at Richland College‘s TXU Urban Tree Farm, 12800 Abrams Rd., and a clean-up excursion on White Rock Lake, 1152 N. Buckner Blvd.

On Earth Day, April 22, Vice President for Student Affairs Christine Casey will speak about SMU’s earth-friendly policies and plans, followed by a Q&A session, 12:15-1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

Meet the new administrators

A number of new faces begin serving in key University positions this fall. SMU Forum provides a reference guide:

Paul LuddenPaul Ludden, former dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California-Berkeley and a scholar in environmental biochemistry, has become SMU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read more about Ludden.

Lori WhiteLori S. White, who has held student affairs positions at Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, became SMU’s vice president for student affairs July 1. Read more about White, and meet her at a welcome reception 4-5 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.

James E. QuickJames E. Quick, a noted volcano expert with the U.S. Geological Survey and a frequently published geology scholar, has been named Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. He will join the University during fall 2007. Read more.

David ChardDavid Chard, associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon and a frequently published scholar in reading and learning disabilities, has been named dean of SMU’s School of Education and Human Development, effective this fall. Read more.

Christine CaseyChristine Casey, a University of California administrator known for her skill in improving business processes, has been named Vice President for Business and Finance. Currently Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services for the University of California system, Casey will begin her SMU duties Sept. 1. Read more about Casey, and meet her at a welcome reception 4-5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.

New all over

The new academic year is upon us, which means campuswide celebrations to welcome new administrators and kick off new initiatives. Mark your calendar for these events that are open to the entire University community:

  • Welcome reception for new Provost Paul Ludden from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.
  • Welcome reception for new Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.
  • Groundbreaking for the Perkins School of Theology expansion, including the new Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Theology Quad.
  • Welcome reception for new Vice President for Business and Finance Christine Casey from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.

For more information on any of these events, contact Rennie Chun, 8-4222.