For the Record: Sept. 3, 2009

Michael Clarke, International Center, has received a Fulbright Grant to participate in the 2009 Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education, to be conducted by the Fulbright Commission in Berlin in October. Only 24 individuals have received Fulbright Grants to participate in the Berlin Seminar.

Beth Newman, English, Dedman College, published “The Vulgarity of Elegance: Social Mobility, Middle-Class Diction, and the Victorian Novel” in Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture, edited for Ashgate Press by Susan Bernstein and Elsie Michie. During the summer, she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the Decadent 1890s at UCLA’s Clark Library.

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, published a review of The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place by Judith Adler Hellman in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, 2009, Volume 6, Number 2:616-17.

For the second year in a row, an SMU data-mining team has placed as one of the top three in the nation in the SAS Data Mining Shootout cosponsored by SAS, Dow and Central Michigan University Research Corporation. The order of finish will be announced at the 2009 SAS Data Mining Conference Oct. 27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dedman College Economics graduate students Michael Fulmer, Jingjing Ye and Steven Gregory – along with their faculty sponsor, Tom Fomby – will receive all-expense-paid trips to the conference and the award ceremony. In total, 47 U.S. universities and colleges registered, and 28 provided a final submission for judging.

SMU Abroad adds 100 new programs

Shelby at PetraSMU Abroad is taking students more places in 2009 with the launch of 100 new programs.

Offered in collaboration with the Council on International Education Exchange and other study abroad organizations, the new programs provide opportunities for study, internships and service in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania.

SMU will continue to offer its 30 semester, academic year, winter and summer programs, including discipline-specific programs led by SMU faculty, in locations such as China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Russia and South Africa.

“By working in partnership with the country’s leading university study-abroad program providers, SMU is able to diversify its programs, the majors who can participate and the locations offered,” says Susan Kress, director of SMU Abroad. “Students now can opt to spend a semester at SMU-in-Paris and follow up with an internship in Senegal.”

The new programs were reviewed and approved by SMU’s Education Abroad Council for academic content and suitability, and follow the recommendations of SMU’s Task Force on International Education to increase opportunities abroad.

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International Center adviser is sworn in as Panama’s new president

Martinelli%20Inauguration.jpg Ricardo Martinelli, a member of the SMU International Center Advisory Council, was inaugurated as president of the Republic of Panama on July 1 at the Atlapa Congress Center in Panama City. His term as president will run from 2009 to 2014.

Michael Clarke, executive director of the International Center, represented SMU at the inauguration ceremony and at the reception after the ceremony.

Martinelli’s son, Luis Martinelli-Linares, earned a bachelor of business administration from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2004.

A celebration of cultures

International flagsGlobal Connections, SMU’s international organization for students, celebrates the many cultures and more than 90 countries represented on campus with International Night Mar. 19.

Set for 6 to 9 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center ballrooms, the event includes food from Dallas’ ethnic restaurants and professional performers from Turkey, Spain, Argentina and China. SMU’s international students also have been invited to perform and provide cultural displays about their home countries.

“The entire campus community is invited to International Night to celebrate and learn more about the incredible diversity at this University,” says Kellen Correia, assistant director at SMU’s International Center, noting that last year’s event drew more than 100 students, faculty and staff members.

The $5 admission price covers food, drinks and entertainment. For more information, contact the International Center at 8-4475.

Education Abroad offers new programs, destinations for 2008

Ben blogs from SMU-in-BeijingSMU’s Office of Education Abroad is expanding its offerings this year with new summer programs in Australia and Asia, India and South Africa; an internship program in London; and a new semester program in Cairo. The Office also will add a winter interterm program in the Western African nation of Mali and launched its new interterm program in Oaxaca, Mexico, in December.

“In today’s global society, SMU is committed to providing educational experiences that allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures,” says Michael Clarke, executive director of the International Center, which oversees education abroad and supports international students and scholars at SMU, among other services. “Students, parents, business leaders and government officials increasingly recognize the value of developing international perspectives and skills.” (Right, SMU Student Adventurer Ben is blogging from China during his Spring 2008 semester with SMU-in-Beijing.) Read more.

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