For the Record: Feb. 8, 2011

'Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace' cover, Daniel Shuman-Liza GoldDaniel Shuman, Dedman School of Law, has received the 2011 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The recognition, shared with psychiatrist Liza Gold, honors their book, Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace: Model, Process, and Analysis (Springer, 2009), as an “outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry.” The award will be presented during the APA’s annual meeting May 14-18 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, moderated the Roundtable Writer’s Breakfast, “The 14th Amendment: Race, Immigration and Transformation in the 21st Century,” presented by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Jan. 8, 2011 at the Dallas Convention Center. Read coverage by Norma Adams-Wade of The Dallas Morning News.

Gary Swaim, Master of Liberal Studies Program, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has written a play, Morphine, that has been accepted for a full production at the Arts Theatre Center in Plano during its 2012 season.

In addition, he has been invited to present poetry at the opening presentation of the newly installed grand painting of The Resurrection at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts in Spring 2011. On Good Friday (April 22) and Easter Sunday (April 24), he will read his original poetry, Cloud of Witnesses, providing a historical and cultural sweep of ancient Hebrew and Christian figures.

Taylor Reed, a sophomore communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, is one of five national finalists in the PRWeek Student of the Year competition. The winner will be announced at the annual PRWeek Awards dinner and ceremony March 10, 2011, in New York City. The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a communications campaign around a brand or company that demonstrate the student’s writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach and creativity. Reed completed the campaign for SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, as part of required coursework for an Introduction to Public Relations class taught by Christy Baily-Byers, APR.

'Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road' by Johan ElverskogJohan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, has received a CHOICE Award – presented annually by the Association of College & Research Libraries – for his latest book. Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (University of Pennsylvania Press) was recognized as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 in the religious books category. In presenting the Outstanding Academic Title awards, the editors consider “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment, value to undergraduate students and importance in building undergraduate library collections.” Read more from SMU News.

For the Record: Sept. 30, 2010

Gary Swaim, Master of Liberal Studies Program, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, received the Honor Scroll Award in the 18th Annual Senior National Poets Laureate competition. His poetry collection was among the top 20 of 1,052 collections submitted from 45 states and 3 foreign countries. His drama, Two to Waken Him, will be presented by the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts Nov. 3-5 and 10-12. The play is based on the last years in the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Francisco Morán, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, was an invited guest of the International Congress on Caribbean Cultures and Literatures held Sept. 1-3, 2010 in Córdoba, Argentina.