Tune In: SMU staff member among “America’s Favorite Moms”

Gwen Beauchamp and familyHer Favorite year: In April, Gwen Beauchamp (center right), an information support specialist in the Cox School of Business, won $5,000 for her Toffee-Banana Brownies recipe in the Pillsbury Bake-Off’s “America’s Favorite Recipe” competition. Now, as nominated by her children, she’s been chosen as one of three semi-finalists in the “Chairman of Everything Mom” category of “America’s Favorite Mom,” presented by Teleflora. The semi-finalists were selected from over 20,000 nominations by a panel of parenting experts, and one each from five categories will be chosen by online voting to appear in a Mother’s Day special hosted by Donny and Marie Osmond.

Watch Gwen on “The Today Show” during the 9 a.m. hour on Friday, May 9 – then vote for her at the America’s Favorite Mom website. Meanwhile, watch Gwen’s nomination video at the NBC Television website. video

Vote online for staff finalist in 2008 Pillsbury Bake-Off

Toffee Banana BrowniesGwen Beauchamp, an information support specialist in SMU’s Cox School of Business, is one of 100 finalists in the $1 million 2008 Pillsbury Bake-Off. This year’s winner won’t be chosen until April, when competitors present their creations to judges in Dallas – but campus community members can help her toward another goal. Vote for Beauchamp’s Toffee-Banana Brownies in the Bake-Off’s Sweet Treats category: The recipe with the most online votes wins $5,000 and the title of “America’s Favorite Recipe.” Find more information at www.bakeoff.com.

For the Record: Dec. 6, 2007

Cal Jillson, Political Science, discussed Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul’s use of the Internet to create grassroots support in an article that appeared in USA Today Nov. 30, 2007.

Matthew Wilson, Political Science, talked about the importance of the abortion issue to the Republican Party’s conservative Christian base, and how it may affect the 2008 election, with Reuters. The article appeared in Swiss Radio International Nov. 28, 2007.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, talked about why gasoline demand has remained steady against increasingly higher prices in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Nov. 25, 2007.

Ed Fox, Marketing, discussed the ebb and flow of holiday shopping crowds and the retail industry with The Contra Costa Times Dec. 5, 2007.

Scott MacDonald, Finance, demystified the subprime mortgage crisis in Cheryl Hall’s business column in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 2, 2007.

The Guildhall at SMU was featured in a story on the growing gaming-industry job market in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 3, 2007.

Gwen Beauchamp, Cox School of Business, is a finalist in the 2008 Pillsbury Bake-Off for her Toffee Banana Brownies recipe. She was featured in an article in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 3, 2007, and will compete for the Bake-Off’s $1 million grand prize in Dallas in April.