Reserve by April 29 for 2011 Faculty Club Awards BBQ

SMU Faculty Club logoThe Faculty Club will honor an outstanding professor and administrator for service to the University community at the 2011 Faculty Club Awards BBQ. The celebration begins at noon Wednesday, May 4 at the SMU Faculty Club – reservations are due Friday, April 29.

Charlie Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, will receive the Mentor Supereminence Award, recognizing a faculty member for exceptional mentoring of SMU faculty and students. Stacy Paddock, executive director, alumni giving and relations, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing Faculty Club members for extraordinary service to the club.

The cost for the barbecue is $5 for Faculty Club members and $10 for non-members. RSVP by Friday, April 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012 – or respond and pay online at the Faculty Club events webpage.

Calendar Highlights: Apr. 19, 2011

MMU'A “duet” for peace: This week’s Stanton Sharp Lecture features Vanderbilt Professor of History Richard Blackett as he covers a more obscure fight for peace within America in “A ‘duet with John Bull’: African Americans and the Struggle to win British Support for the Union.” Blackett will discuss how African Americans during the Civil War used the momentum started from the emancipation of West Indies slaves in the late 1830s to further their cause to the British public and further the Union’s cause. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-2967 or visit the Sharp Lecture Series website.

Bringing the hospital to you: A Mobile Mammography Unit (pictured) will be open for business 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the East Campus Parking Lot Expressway Tower. For SMU employees covered by the Health and Wellness medical plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, SMU will cover all routine annual mammogram charges for women age 40 and above. The cost of the mammogram will not be billed to your $500 preventive care benefit. Please have your insurance information available when you call. BCBSTX will process the claim and SMU will pay it at 100%. To pre-register for an exam, call 214-645-2560. (If you participate in any non-SMU-related insurance plan, inquire about other pre-billing arrangements when you pre-register.) The parking lot at Expressway Tower is in the final stages of being repaved; arriving early to get one of the few available parking spots or using the Mustang Express to travel from the main campus to the Tower is recommended.

Cal Jillson'Messing with Texas: The policies of the independent-minded Lone Star State will be discussed at an event co-hosted by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and the SMU Faculty Club. In “Lone Star Tarnished: A Critique of Texas Public Policy,” 2011 Public Scholar Lecturer Cal Jillson (pictured) will cover the reality behind Texas’s picture-perfect model of limited government, economic growth and personal freedom. Jillson is currently at work on a book covering the subject, entitled Lone Star Tarnished, which will compare the overall Texas model of government to recent and historical state government styles. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the Faculty Club. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. All attendees should RSVP, as space is limited.

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins to give Faculty Club lecture Feb. 23

Dallas County Criminal District Attorney Craig WatkinsThe Honorable Craig Watkins, criminal district attorney and chief law enforcement officer for Dallas County, will deliver the SMU Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Lecture Feb. 23, 2011. The event begins with lunch at noon in the Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Avenue.

A Dallas native, Watkins became Texas’ first African American district attorney in 2007. He champions a “smart on crime” philosophy that emphasizes innovative prosecutorial strategies and seeks to address the root causes of crime. His commitment to conviction integrity has led to a high-profile partnership with the Innocence Project of Texas to re-examine criminal cases in which factors such as faulty testimony or flawed evidence may have resulted in wrongful convictions.

Watkins was educated in the Dallas public school system and received his B.A. degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his J.D. degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He was named an Eclipse Magazine “Super Lawyer” in January 2007 and has been selected to the Ebony Magazine “Power 150” as part of the next generation of African American leaders. His honors include the Dallas Urban League Torch Award.

The RSVP deadline is Friday, Feb. 18. The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. The Club now offers the option to respond and pay by credit card online. VIsit the Faculty Club Events page to sign up or contact Andrea Smith, 214-768-4266.

25 years later, Dale Hansen to return to SMU

UPDATE, Jan. 24, 2011: The Dale Hansen luncheon has been moved to the Dining Room in the Collins Executive Education Center.

Dale HansenSMU Faculty Club members are set to kick off the calendar year with an interesting choice for January’s Distinguished Luncheon Series installment: Dale Hansen, the man believed widely responsible for uncovering operations that brought about the infamous for SMU in 1986. The lecture takes place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Faculty Club on Daniel Avenue.

Hansen, who still holds the position of Sports Director at WFAA-TV (as he did in 1986) will give a lecture on the very topic that garnered him a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, and multiple death threats in “The SMU Death Penalty and Ongoing Resurrection.” Hansen’s reporting on the burgeoning scandal revealed that SMU had been paying players since the mid-1970s to keep up with larger-size opponents in the former Southwest Conference.

SMU, already served probation notices five times from 1974 to 1985, became the first (and to date only) college football program of any division to receive the NCAA’s “death penalty”: cancellation of the entire 1987 season, followed by an additional 1988 cancellation at the school’s request. The rest is history: one winning season in 1997 and national obscurity until the hiring of Head Coach June Jones in 2008. By the following season, SMU had earned its first bowl appearance since 1984, a 45-10 victory over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

Price per ticket is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. RSVP by Jan. 21 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Gloria Campos to speak at Faculty Club luncheon Oct. 19

Gloria Campos, WFAANews anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA-TV Channel 8 will visit the Hilltop for the next 2010-11 Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon. Campos will speak on “TV News In the Future: Will Journalism Matter?” during the event, which begins at noon Oct. 19 in the SMU Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Avenue.

The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for non-members. The Faculty Club will accept RSVPs until Friday, Oct. 15. To respond, contact Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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William Tsutsui to speak at Faculty Club event Sept. 22

William TsutsuiDedman College Dean William Tsutsui will speak at the first Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon of the 2010-11 academic year. Tsutsui will discuss “So, What Are You Working On?” at the luncheon, which begins at noon Sept. 22 in the Ernst & Young Gallery, Fincher Building, Cox School of Business.

The location has been moved to the Gallery to accommodate additional reservations. The Faculty Club will accept RSVPs until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20.

The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for non-members. To RSVP, contact Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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Calendar Highlights: Aug. 31, 2010

Pearl rosary in shell from the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary CollectionWelcome back, faculty: The SMU Faculty Club will be holding a Welcome Back BBQ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The cost is $5 per Faculty Club member. For more information contact Dee Powell, 214-768-4858, or visit

Rosary exhibit opens: SMU’s newest exhibit, the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary Collection, is open for public viewing at Bridwell Library. The exhibit highlights a small selection of more than 320 rosaries from various cultures and regions, ranging from the 19th to the 20th century. The collection was donated to the Perkins School of Theology in June 2008 by the parents of Bridget Anne Braithwaite, and 15 selected rosaries will be on display until Dec. 12.

A taste of the Renaissance: Princeton Professor of Literature Leonard Barkan will lecture on “Some Pages from Michelangelo’s Life” as part of the 2010-11 Gilbert Lecture Series Sept. 9. Currently, Barkan is on academic leave from Princeton, touring and researching for an upcoming book on Michelangelo’s drawings and writings. A short reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room of SMU’s DeGolyer Library, followed by the reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Find upcoming Gilbert Lecture Series events online.

“Portraits of Muhammad”: On Sept. 2, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Johan Elverskog will speak on a topic of recent global controversy in “Portraits of Muhammad: From Genghis Khan to South Park.” The Dedman College-sponsored event begins at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 214-768-2095 or visit

Your future…in video games: The Guildhall at SMU will hold an open house 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 11 at 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2 in Plano. Anyone interested in pursuing a degree or certificates= in software development, art creation or level design in videogaming can register for the event online – only 100 spots remain. Immediately following the two-hour symposium, lunch will be served at the Guildhall’s Gigantic Block Party. For more information, contact René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, 972-473-3539.

Faculty Club honors Fomby, Sobol at annual BBQ May 5

SMU Faculty Club logoThe Faculty Club will honor two outstanding professors for service to the University community at the 2010 Faculty Club Awards BBQ. The celebration begins at noon May 5 at the SMU Faculty Club.

Tom Fomby, professor of economics in Dedman College, will receive the Mentor Supereminence Award, recognizing faculty for exceptional mentoring of the University’s faculty and students. Marion Sobol, professor of information technology and operations management in Cox School of Business, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing Faculty Club members for extraordinary service to the club.

The cost for the barbecue is $5. RSVP to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2010

Simon Conway MorrisDarwin Year continues: Fellow of the Royal Society Simon Conway Morris (right), professor of evolutionary paleobiology at the University of Cambridge, will present “Darwin’s Compass: Why the Evolution of Humans is Inevitable” at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The lecture is part of SMU’s Darwin’s Evolving Legacy series and is sponsored by the University’s Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Morris appears at the co-invitation of SMU’s Departments of Mathematics and Biological Sciences. For more information, visit the Darwin’s Evolving Legacy homepage.

Student symphony stars: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents a concert led by students in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in orchestral conducting, and featuring winners of the Meadows Concerto Competition. The show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For tickets and information, contact the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ministers Week 2010: The annual gathering at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology complements the University’s 200th-anniversary celebration of Charles Darwin’s birth with “The Pew and the Petri Dish: Contemporary Issues in Religion and Science” Feb. 1-3 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Featured speakers include John Haught, senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University, author of God and the New Atheism, and winner of the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence. Other lecturers include Gregory Cuellar, three-time fellow of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and adjunct professor of bible at Richland College, as well as SMU faculty members John Holbert, Rebekah Miles and William Abraham of the Perkins School and Mark Chancey of Dedman College. SMU community members can attend several Ministers Week events at discounted rates by visiting the Faculty/Staff/Student Registration page of the Ministers Week website.

Eugene Andolsek, 'Untitled 311C'Drawing inspiration: Artist and lifelong Rock Island Railroad employee Eugene Andolsek (1921-2008) produced thousands of drawings on graph paper over a period of 50 years, working alone at his kitchen table to ease the anxieties that plagued him his entire life. His work, exploring an array of colors and geometrical combinations, came to the attention of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Andolsek was one of five artists included in the 2006 Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan. Now, selected works have been collected in a new exhibition at SMU – Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings runs Feb. 1-Mar. 20 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. (Right, an untitled work featured in a 2008 Andolsek exhibition at the American Primitive Gallery in New York City.)

Beauty marked: SMU hosts a panel discussion examining the emphasis women place on striving for beauty and the damage they do to themselves in the process. “The Power and Burden of Beauty” features international artist Rachel Hovnanian, former national Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue; Bonnie Wheeler, director of medieval studies in SMU’s Dedman College; Carolyn Hodges, senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics; and Rachel Dodds, UT student and sorority member. The discussion takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call Lisa Bytner at 917-951-8940.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Series: The SMU Faculty Club presents Jim Hollifield, professor of international political economy and director of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies, in the first of two lectures on “Immigration and Migration” at noon Feb. 3 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by Jan. 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 20, 2009

Scott ApplebyDarwin Year continues: Scott Appleby (right), professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “From Apocalypse to Accommodation: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Responses to Darwin in America, 1865-1910” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The lecture is the latest event in SMU’s year-long “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” series. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Catholic Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public.

Reading and results: SMU Distinguished Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Reid Lyon will speak on “Leadership Lessons: Turning the Agony of Reading Failure Around” at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Park City Club, 17th floor, 5956 Sherry Lane in Dallas. The lecture is part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Focus on Education Series. Cost is $45 for non-Chamber members. Register online at the Chamber’s website; click on the Events tab.

President’s Leadership Summit: Hart Group Vice Chair and CEO Linda Hart will share her experiences and expertise with SMU students in President R. Gerald Turner’s Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. No RSVP is needed. For more information, contact Leadership and Community Involvement, 214-768-4403.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The ongoing struggles of everyday life as a source of theological reflection and of women’s influence in society will be the topic of “Lo Cotidiano: Daily Life, Stage for Religious Understanding” Oct. 27 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, visiting professor, Perkins School of Theology; and Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dedman College. A light dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Rachel Lamb.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: SMU Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky will speak on “Women at SMU: Creating and Continuing a Meaningful Legacy” in the next Distinguished Luncheon at noon Oct. 28 in the SMU Faculty Club. Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 23 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.