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Calatrava celebration continues with Meadows Museum exhibition

Santiago Calatrava and his family received a warm welcome when they visited SMU’s Meadows Museum Saturday, March 3, after taking part in opening ceremonies for Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Calatrava, his wife, Tina, and son, Michael, joined other Meadows Museum guests for a preview of its latest special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion.

“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people,” Calatrava told more than 800 guests at the preview. “You have welcomed us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community, but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.” Calatrava received a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from SMU in 2005.

The Meadows Museum is home to Wave, the first large-scale Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States. The special exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches for the 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. It also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2012.

“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”

Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. The Meadows collection includes the Calatrava sculptures Palme and Il Dente, which are also part of the exhibition.

The University’s many roles in the weekend of festivities surrounding the bridge opening are captured in a new SMU News video by Eva Parks. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open the “SMU and Santiago Calatrava” video in a new windowvideo

Written by Nancy George

> Learn more from SMU News’ Calatrava homepage at smu.edu/calatrava
> Visit Meadows Museum online at smu.edu/meadowsmuseum
> More about Santiago Calatrava at calatrava.com

Tune In: Sharing new knowledge at SMU Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Day. Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event gives participants opportunities to network with students in different programs, to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share the outstanding research being done at the University.

Revisit a few of the nearly 90 presentations in this video by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to view, or click this link to watch SMU’s 2012 Research Day video in a new window.

Tune In: SMU celebrates 2012 Engaged Learning Day Feb. 13

SMU celebrates Engaged Learning Day 2012 on Monday, February 13, with a series of events aimed at encouraging students to take their learning experience beyond the classroom by tackling real-world problems.

Activities will include an open house at the Office of Engaged Learning in the lower level of Clements Hall, as well as workshops and presentations by students who are currently completing projects.

“We want students to ask themselves ‘What do you care about?’ and ‘What are you going to do about it?’” says Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning. “Answering these questions will hopefully inspire them to imagine and make a project happen, a project that links to their SMU education.”

Learn more now with the University’s updated Engaged Learning video for 2012 by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start watching, or click here to open SMU’s Engaged Learning 2012 promotional video in a new windowvideo

> Find a complete schedule at SMU News
> Visit the Office of Engaged Learning online at smu.edu/engagedlearning

Tune In: Happy birthday, Simmons Hall

On Sept. 23, 2011, the SMU community celebrated the first birthday of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, which was dedicated during Family Weekend 2010

Annette Caldwell Simmons, President R. Gerald Turner and Leon Simmons Dean David Chard joined faculty, staff and students for birthday cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Click the YouTube screen to watch a brief video by Eva Parks of SMU News, or visit this link to open the Simmons Hall birthday party video in a new window. video

> More about the 2010 Simmons Hall dedication

Tune In: SMU celebrates with the Class of 2015

SMU President R. Gerald Turner welcomed SMU’s centennial Class of 2015 with a bit of University history and a timely reminder about its motto. Click the YouTube screen to watch his address in full.

> Read a transcript of President Turner’s 2011 Convocation address
> SMU welcomes the Class of 2015 in a new video video
> See the making of the Class of 2015 group photo video
> Find a roundup of coverage of the new school year at SMU News

Tune In: The SMU year in review, 2010-11

SMU’s 2010-11 centennial year featured epic moments from beginning to end, from groundbreaking for the Bush Presidential Library to fireworks at the inaugural Founders’ Day celebration.

Eva Parks of SMU News has packed the excitement into a video year in review – from the Class of 2014’s Move-in Day in August to 2011 Commencement in May. Click the YouTube screen to start viewing, or watch the HD SMU Year in Review in a new window. video

Tune In: Dallas Hall light show celebrates SMU centennial

SMU’s landmark building was a key player in the University’s inaugural Founders’ Day Weekend celebrations in April 2011. For 10 evenings, representing SMU’s 10 decades, Dallas Hall was illuminated in honor of the citizens of Dallas who generously provided the funds for the University’s first building.

Celebrate the kickoff of the SMU centennial all over again with this video of the Lighting of the Dome from Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to continue, or visit this link to open the high-def Dallas Hall dome lighting video in a new window. video

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Tune In: Getting connected with ‘Unbridled Learning’

SMU is answering students’ calls for learning opportunities outside the classroom with a new program that will provide both structure and funding for their endeavors.

The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – “Unbridled Learning: Engaged Learning Beyond the Classroom” – will allow all SMU undergraduate students to participate in at least one extensive experiential learning activity prior to graduation. The program will allow undergraduates to build on their formal education through participation in structured experiential learning beyond the classroom.

Click the YouTube screen to learn more, or watch the Unbridled Learning video in a new window. video

> Visit SMU’s Unbridled Learning homepage

For the Record: March 3, 2011

Anna Membrino's winning paintingAnna Membrino, a first-year M.F.A. student in Meadows School of the Arts, has been named one of three national winners of the 2010 Canvas Artist Series Contest sponsored by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Folio Fine Wine Partners. She won for her design of the merlot label (pictured right) for the Canvas wine brand. The three contest winners were selected by public online voting and a panel of judges comprised of Folio and Hyatt executives, as well as other wine industry professionals. In addition to having their artwork displayed on the Canvas bottle, the winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship from Hyatt. Read more from SMU News.

Carla Mendiola, a Ph.D. candidate in history in Dedman College, has been selected for a Government of Canada Doctoral Student Research Award, which “promotes research that contributes to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada, its relationship with the United States, and its international affairs.” The grant will allow her to conduct dissertation research in Canada.

The SMU Office of Public Affairs won five awards in the 2011 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. The Content Group received two prizes in the Blog category: a Gold Award for SMU Adventures and a Silver Award for the SMU Forum. The SMU Research news site received a Silver Award in the World Wide Web Sub Site or Section category. Kim Cobb received a Silver Award in the Medical/Scientific News Writing category for “SMU-led Research Center Aims to Connect Brain Signals to Robotic Limbs,” and Eva Parks received a Bronze Award in the Film or Video-Feature category for “The World’s Oldest Christmas Card.” The winners were announced Feb. 22 at the CASE Fusion annual conference in New Orleans.

Tune In: Discovering the lost Sistine Chapel manuscripts

The only remaining codices from the Sacristy of the Sistine Chapel are making their first and only U.S. appearance at SMU’s Meadows Museum. The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo will be on exhibit through April 23, 2011.

Featuring 40 codices that range in date from the 11th to the 18th century, the collection represents some of the finest illuminations ever discovered, and follows the trajectory of an exciting and significant time at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Learn more through this SMU News video by Eva Parks, featuring Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán.

Click the YouTube screen to start the presentation, or visit this link to watch the Sistine Chapel manuscripts video in a new window. video

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