Food, fitness & fun the focus of SMU Farmers Market April 28-29, 2011

Stock photo of tomatoes on the vineThe University community is invited to take a fresh perspective on cooking, eating and living well at the Spring 2011 SMU Farmers Market. The events take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

Shoppers can expect to find fresh items including blueberries, plums, mangos, nectarines, seedless watermelons, avocados, bell peppers, tomatillos and snow peas. Organic offerings will include apples, carrots, grape tomatoes, spring salad mix and Texas-grown shiitake mushrooms. Herbs like cilantro and mint, as well as more exotic items such as blood oranges and starfruit, also will be available.

Produce is priced by the pound. Cash, credit and Pony Cash will be accepted. Bags will be available; shoppers are encouraged to go green and bring their own reusable bags.

In addition, SMU experts will share tips for eating well, living healthy and being eco-friendly throughout the market:

  • Fancy feasting: SMU Dining Services Executive Chef Tim Schaub will demonstrate the art of garde manger – making memorable garnishes such as tomato roses and apple swans. He’ll also have recipes for delicious dishes featuring Farmers Market produce, some of which appear on the menu at RFoC @ Lee.
  • Soul food: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:45-1:30 p.m. Friday, meet at the Farmers Market. McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology, will conduct walking tours of the SMU Community Garden, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Information about how to become involved with the project also will be offered.
  • Good dirt: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Hughes-Trigg Forum. Ann Allen and Cathy Coates of SMU Facilities Management & Sustainability will share tips for growing vegetables in containers.
  • Sage advice: SMU Dietitian Claire Florsheim will share nutrition information and tips.
  • Healthy living: Get the latest on Dedman Center exercise programs.
  • Going green: Learn about sustainability at SMU.

The SMU Farmers Market and programs are open to the public. They are presented by SMU Wellpower and SMU Dining Services.

Written by Pat Ward

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Faculty in the News: Feb. 9, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the first national Tea Party convention with Reuters. The resulting article appeared in several publications Feb. 3, 2010.

Elaine Heath, Evangelism, Perkins School of Theology, talked about a plan put forth by the Baptist General Convention of Texas to distribute 9 million Bible CDs throughout the state by Easter with The Associated Press. The story appeared in several publications Feb. 3, 2010.

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed the recent uptick in Dallas home prices and its implications for the local economy with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 27, 2010.

For the Record: March 19, 2009

'Catholic Moral Theology in the United States' book coverCharles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, has won the 2008 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Theology and Religious Studies for his book Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Georgetown University Press). Presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers since 1976, the PROSE Awards “annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 35 disciplines,” according to their website.

Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology, has been elected to the Executive Council of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, has been named to the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee of the College Art Association for 2009-12. He is also a member of CAA’s Board of Directors.

Research Spotlight: The new monasticism

'Reverse tornado' of neo-monasticismIn search of a simple community life devoted to worship and social activism over program-driven church, some Christians today have chosen a “new monastic” lifestyle, taking a spiritual path that blends aspects of ancient monasticism with 21st-century church practices.

“Traditionally we think of evangelism as a tornado that moves through town and gathers everyone into the vortex of our church,” says the Rev. Elaine Heath, McCreless Assistant Professor of Evangelism in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and director of Perkins’ Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Evangelism. “In the neo-monastic model, evangelism is the ‘reverse tornado’ described in Luke 10: Going out into the community, being invited into our neighbors’ lives and sharing the goodness of God.”

The recipient of a Sam Taylor Fellowship from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Heath is writing two books about emerging neo-monastic communities in the United States. A Summer Research Fellowship from the Wabash Center will enable her to spend time at several neo-monastic communities, including Communality in Lexington, Kentucky, and Camden House in Camden, New Jersey.

“I’m very interested in how neo-monasticism relates to the rest of the church and how it will shape the church and the church will shape it,” she says. Although no statistics are available on the number of new monastic communities in the United States, she says the grassroots movement is growing. “The rest of the church can learn much from the new monasticism,??? Heath says, including regaining “a sense of parish, of being the church for the neighborhood, and disciplined spiritual practices and a rule of life for ordinary Christians.”

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For the Record: Nov. 15, 2007

Ed Fox, Marketing, helped design a survey of major grocery chains in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for The Dallas Morning News. He is featured in an article on the survey’s results that appeared in the Morning News Nov. 11, 2007.

John Attanasio, Law Dean, discussed the mission of the law school in an article on the growing number of Christian-based law schools in the Houston Chronicle Nov. 9, 2007.

Elaine Heath, Theology, and Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Heath’s Fellowship will support her research on emerging neo-monastic communities in the United States, which will result in a book to be published next year. Chancey’s Fellowship will support travel to archaeological sites in Galilee and the Golan Heights to research his upcoming book on the archaeology of Palestine in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, from Alexander the Great through Constantine.

George Martinez, Law, discussed an Irving, Texas lawsuit to force the adoption of single-member City Council districts and what it may mean for minority representation with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Nov. 8, 2007.

Dennis Cordell, History, was lauded for receiving SMU’s 2006-07 Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award in the Summer/Fall 2007 issue of LifeLines, the newsletter of AIDS Arms Inc. He is chair of the agency’s Program Services committee, which oversees programs including operation of its medical and legal clinic, maintenance of testing and counseling centers, and partnerships with Latino and black community services.

Tihda VongkothSenior music major Tihda Vongkoth (right) has won the 2007 Keroupe Zildjian Concert Percussion Scholarship. College undergraduate percussionists worldwide participated in the competition, sponsored annually by the Zildjian Company, a renowned maker of cymbals and percussion instruments. Vongkoth is a student of Douglas Howard, Kalman Cherry and Drew Lang; she performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Wind Ensemble. Read more.