Three honored at 2012 Dedman College Celebration

Group photo from SMU's 2012 Dedman College Celebration, March 20
Dean William Tsutsui (left) and SMU President R. Gerald Turner (right) helped honor three award recipients at the 2012 Dedman College Celebration (from second from left): Psychology Chair Ernest Jouriles, senior student Kevin Eaton, and alumnus John F. Harper, M.D., ’68. (Photo credit: Hillsman S. Jackson, SMU)

Three outstanding members of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community received awards March 20 during the 2012 Dedman College Celebration.

Ernest Jouriles, professor and chair of psychology, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. Jouriles is a noted researcher and expert on children’s responses to family violence and violence in adolescent romantic relationships. As co-director of SMU’s Family Research Center, he has developed (with co-director Renee McDonald) a series of research-based intervention and assessment programs for children exposed to frequent and severe relationship violence. Jouriles joined the SMU faculty as chair of the Department of Psychology in 2003.

Political science, economics and public policy major Kevin Eaton received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. The President’s Scholar from Duncanville served as the student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Policy and was a community assistant with Residence Life and Student Housing, as well as an Honor Council member. After graduation, Eaton plans to attend law school and pursue a career in appellate advocacy for the U.S. government.

Dr. John F. Harper ’68, a clinical cardiologist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. A board-certified cardiologist and member of the Presbyterian Heart & Vascular Group, he has practiced his specialty for 33 years. Harper earned his M.D. degree from UT-Southwestern Medical School in 1972 and served his internship and residency, as well as a fellowship, with Parkland Memorial Hospital. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Dedman College.

Dedman College honors ‘Mr. SMU’ Marsh Terry at 2011 celebration

Marsh Terry at a booksigning for 'The Memorialist'After more than 50 years at SMU, Marshall Terry still regularly visits his office in the Department of English in Dallas Hall. But his influence reaches throughout the University.

Terry – the E.A. Lilly Professor of English, founder of SMU’s Creative Writing Program, and former director of public relations and assistant to SMU President Willis M. Tate – was honored March 23 with the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award for his contributions to SMU.

Terry first stepped onto the SMU campus as a student, graduating in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in English and in 1954 with a master’s degree. He stayed as a member of the faculty, chairing English for two terms and initiating the University’s award-winning creative writing program and the long-running Literary Festival.

A mentor and friend to his students, Terry helped launch the careers of novelists Joe Coomer, Douglas Terry, Tracy Daugherty and Lewis Shiner, among others.

“I took great joy in starting the creative writing program,” he says. “I’ve worked with wonderful students through the years.”

In addition to his academic career, Terry played an important role as an administrator in shaping SMU’s future. As director of public relations and assistant to President Tate, he wrote in 1963 SMU’s first Master Plan – the framework for the University’s current Strategic Plan.

“Looking back, I consider the opportunity to work on the Master Plan as one of the most rewarding parts of my career. That plan is central to everything that has happened at SMU since then,” says Terry, who has been known as “Mr. SMU” to his colleagues for years.

The author of nationally praised short story collections and novels such as Old Liberty, Tom Northway, My Father’s Hands and The Memorialist, Terry has received highest honors from the Texas Institute of Letters and PEN Texas. His histories of SMU, From High on the Hilltop: A Brief History of SMU, and its third edition, Marshall Terry’s History of SMU with Various Essays by His Colleagues, are important resources as SMU celebrates the centennial of its 1911 founding and 2015 opening.

The Dedman Distinguished Graduate Award honors outstanding graduates of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences whose lives demonstrate integrity and outstanding accomplishments.

Written by Nancy George

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Three honored at Dedman College Award Celebration

Dedman College Celebration 2010Three outstanding members of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community were honored April 14 at the 2010 Dedman College Award Celebration.

Fred Olness, professor of physics and 2009-10 Faculty Senate president, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. He is a specialist in elementary particle physics phenomenology with an emphasis in quantum chromodynamics, and his research seeks to determine the fundamental building blocks of nature and what holds them together. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and has conducted research with the Theoretical Physics Group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has written more than 100 research articles and is co-author (with Robert L. Zimmerman) of the textbook Mathematica for Physics, now in its second edition. Olness joined the SMU faculty in 1991 and has received numerous awards, including the Ford Research Fellowship in 2009, the “M” Award in 2007, and the Distinguished University Citizen Award in 2006.

Political science, finance and French major Charanya Krishnaswami received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. A President’s Scholar from Plano, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Robert Stewart Hyer Society and the University Honors Program. She served as community service coordinator for her Residence Hall Council and as vice president of SMU Mock Trial. In addition, she was a student editor and Henry S. Miller Research Fellow with SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career with the United Nations as a human rights lawyer.

Kyle Bagwell (’83), the Donald L. Lucas Professor of Economics at Stanford University, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. He works in various fields of economics, including industrial organizations, international economics and game theory. A Fellow of the Econometric Society, he is co-author (with Robert W. Steiger) of The Economics of the World Trading System. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Center for International Development, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a reporter for the American Law Institute project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Bagwell earned undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics from Dedman College in 1983 and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford in 1986.

(Above, left to right: Charanya Krishnaswami ’10, Fred Olness and Kyle Bagwell ’83 at the 2010 Dedman College Celebration.)