For the Record: May 21, 2009

'Quest for Justice' by Darwin Payne - bookcoverDarwin Payne, professor emeritus of communications in Meadows School of the Arts, has written Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas, published by SMU Press in May 2009. The book tells the story of prominent African American attorney Louis A. Bedford – the first black man to become a judge in Dallas – and the black legal community and middle class in Dallas and Texas during the mid-20th century.

The Office of Public Affairs received three awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV 2009 competition. SMU Magazine received an Award of Excellence (Silver) in the Visual Design-Illustration category for the feature section “Going Global” that appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue. Integrated Marketing received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the Visual Design-Logo Design category for the “SMU Unbridled” logo. SMU Forum received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the World Wide Web Site category. The honors were presented at the 2009 CASE District IV conference, which took place April 4-8 in Oklahoma City.

The view “From High on the Hilltop”

'From High on the Hilltop' coverSMU alumnus, author and Professor Emeritus Marsh Terry shared a Homecoming Week panel with Journalism Professor Emeritus and Dallas historian Darwin Payne to celebrate a new edition of Terry’s classic 1993 history of SMU. The 2008 release of From High on the Hilltop: Marshall Terry’s History of SMU with Various Essays by his Colleagues features 14 essays on topics such as the state of Dallas at SMU’s founding, the University’s early women leaders, sports traditions, student life and SMU-in-Taos.

The essayists include SMU President R. Gerald Turner, English Professor Jack Myers, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Public Affairs Patricia Ann LaSalle and the late James Caswell, former vice president of student affairs. The book also includes historical photos, some newly culled from the SMU Archives especially for this edition.

“The essays are a good cross section and make a nice balance,” says Terry (’53, ’54), E.A. Lilly Professor Emeritus of English in Dedman College and a recipient of SMU’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award. “All the writers have SMU experience from which to draw.”

Terry, who retired in 2007 after 52 years as a teacher and administrator, says he enjoyed telling the SMU story because he lived it. “I knew of so much that happened throughout the different eras of the presidents from Willis M. Tate to R. Gerald Turner,” he says.

“SMU is an important part of higher education in the United States, Texas and Dallas,” says Payne, also a contributor to the book. “It’s always important to know your past.”

The new edition of the book is published as SMU prepares to celebrate the centennial of its founding in 2011 and opening in 2015. It is available from the SMU Bookstore, publisher Three Forks Press and

The SMU Faculty Club will host a book-signing with Terry 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Faculty Club. Wine and cheese will be served. RSVP by Nov. 17 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Marsh Terry reads SMU history Nov. 6

Alumnus, author, former administrator and English professor emeritus Marsh Terry has lived SMU history. He’ll recount his experiences during 2008 Homecoming Week.

Terry and fellow SMU professor emeritus Darwin Payne will discuss the new edition of Terry’s book From High on the Hilltop: A History of SMU at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in DeGolyer Library. A reception will precede the reading at 6 p.m.

The event is hosted by DeGolyer Library and the Department of English in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Admission is free; RSVP is required. Register online or contact Betty Friedrich in DeGolyer Library, 8-3231.