For the Record: March 30, 2011

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, has received the 2011-12 Maguire Teaching Fellow Award from SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He will design a course entitled “Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence.”

Taylor Reed, a sophomore communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, has been named one of the top two national winners of the 2011 PRWeek Student of the Year competition. Reed received an honorable mention and $1,000. The awards were announced at the annual PRWeek Awards dinner and ceremony March 10 in New York City.

The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a communications campaign around a brand or company that demonstrates the student’s writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach and creativity. Reed’s concept for SanDisk Corporation – “Life’s extreme. Shouldn’t your photos be, too?” – was designed to target the campaign’s college-student demographic by appealing to a love of extreme sports indicated by research. Reed completed her campaign as part of required coursework for an Introduction to Public Relations class taught by Christy Baily-Byers, APR. Read more from SMU News.

Brittany Levingston, a first-year premajor in English in Dedman College, won the top novice of the year at the 36th Mid-America Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships Tournament March 12-14 in Kansas City. The competition is the oldest and most prestigious novice and junior varsity national tournament in the nation. The award recognizes the top novice from the entire year of debate activity across the nation. CEDA is the largest college policy debate community in the United States.

SMU had the largest squad of novice teams at this year’s national tournament with four novice teams. The University’s debate teams are coached by Tim Glass, director Ben Voth and assistant director Chris Salinas. The debate program is part of the Communication Studies division in Meadows School of the Arts. In 2010, Salinas received the Dick Stine coaching award for the top JV coach of the year at the tournament. Read more from SMU News.

For the Record: Dec. 4, 2009

Philip Van Keuren, 'Allee II Woman III'Philip Van Keuren, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, is featured in a current exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a noted Dallas gallery of contemporary art. The exhibition, titled “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper, 1969-2009,” features a selection of his collages, drawings and photographs and will be on view at The Mac through Dec. 19. Recently, he was interviewed on WRR-FM’s “Art Matters” about his artistic work and his career. (Right, a section of Van Keuren’s 2009 diptych Allee II Woman III, Iris print.)

SMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three 2009 Frederick H. Teahan Awards at the PRSSA National Conference held in San Diego in November. The team won a total of $800, as well as two plaques and a trophy. Entries for the Teahan awards are submitted from among the 300 PRSSA chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. SMU won in every category it entered.

The University received top honors for Outstanding Chapter Development and Outstanding PRSA/PRSSA Chapter Relationship. Faculty adviser Christy Baily-Byers, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for her “dedication and creative chapter guidance, effective student motivation, exceptional contributions to public relations education, supportive chapter advocacy and representation within the academic department and with the PRSA sponsoring chapter and its members.”

Steve Sekula, Physics, Dedman College, has been named to membership in the BaBar Collaboration, a group of about 600 physicists and engineers from 75 institutions in 10 countries who study the subatomic particles called B mesons produced by the PEP-II storage ring in the BaBar detector at Stanford University. His efforts will focus on physics research and publications. In addition, he will publish a paper on a search for invisible decays of the Upsilon(1S) meson in Physical Review Letters. The process may be sensitive to the presence of either low-mass dark matter or a low-mass dark gauge boson. The paper is available in a preprint version online.