John McCaa to give 2012 Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics Oct. 24

John McCaaAward-winning journalist John McCaa, longtime news anchor of WFAA-TV in Dallas, will give SMU’s 2012 Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics presented by the Division of Journalism in the University’s Meadows School of the Arts. The event begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Caruth Auditorium.

The event is free, but tickets are required and must be reserved in advance by calling the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

McCaa is a familiar face to television viewers in North Texas. He has worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas since 1984, where he anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and writes “Behind the News,” a weekly column for the station’s website.

A “military brat” who grew up in Idaho, Nebraska and Spain, McCaa began his career at WOWT-TV in Omaha, where he spent seven years working as a reporter and anchor. He joined WFAA as a reporter in the Fort Worth newsroom and was later promoted to bureau chief. He was transferred to the Dallas newsroom as a reporter, then became weekend anchor and news manager, and also served as co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast.

McCaa has reported on Texas stories, national stories – including 9/11 and the John F. Kennedy, Jr., plane crash – and internationally from Rome, Hong Kong and Honduras.  He has won numerous local Katy and Emmy awards, and has served as president of the Press Club of Dallas and of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators.

McCaa earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Master’s degree in politics from the University of Dallas.  He is currently working on a Ph.D. in the history of ideas at UTD.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 23, 2012

Happy Homecoming Week!

Beer advertising art from the turn of the the 20th centuryBrown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies presents a 2012 Brown Bag Lecture that explores beer beyond the bar and focuses on the activities of the St. Louis brewers as an integral part of a regional cultural economy at the turn of the 20th century. Paula Lupkin, professor of art history at the University of North Texas, will discuss “A Lager Landscape: The Cultural Economy of Beer in the Great Southwest” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer library. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Classical elements: The Meadows School of the Arts invites you to an afternoon of opera. The Meadows Opera Theatre will explore the four elements – earth, air, fire and water – through one-act operas and scenes from opera and musical theatre beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby.

Tune In: Student engineers design for the disabled

Senior Design Course 2009 presentation with John McCaa of WFAAJohn McCaa of WFAA Channel 8 visited SMU recently to see student innovation in action. Senior mechanical engineering majors in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering‘s 2008-09 Senior Design Course unveiled their final projects April 20.

The program, founded in 1978, has focused on creating assistive technology for the disabled since 1996. Students met with clients to learn about their needs, then set to work developing a “third arm” for wheelchair users and a hand-powered cycle with a specially designed suspension and propulsion system.

“At the Lyle School of Engineering, we like to say we solve people’s problems. And this is evidence of that,” said senior Daniel Klick, student manager of this year’s design project.

See the WFAA video at SMU News video