Students honor professors with 2008 HOPE Awards

Eddie Hourigan, Mark Fontenot and Ben Koopferstock at SMU's 2008 HOPE AwardsStudent staff members in SMU’s Department of Residence Life and Student Housing honored 53 University educators at the 11th annual HOPE Banquet Nov. 2, 2008. HOPE (Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence) Award recipients are named through student staff member nominations as professors who “have made a significant impact to our academic education both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Mark Fontenot of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, was honored as 2008 Professor of the Year. Three Dedman College professors – Joe Kobylka and Michael Lusztig of the Political Science Department and Patty Wisian-Neilson of the Chemistry Department – were named Distinguished Professors, denoting that they have been recognized as HOPE Professors during at least 5 of the 11 years in which the honor has existed.

Read the complete list of honorees under the link below. Right, Professor of the Year Mark Fontenot (center in photo) with the two students who nominated him: Eddie Hourigan (left) and Ben Koopferstock.

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High court’s future subject of first Godbey Lecture for 2008-09

Supreme Court buildingHow political is the U.S. Supreme Court, and how will this closely divided body be affected by the 2008 presidential election? SMU’s Joseph Kobylka, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate professor of political science, will examine the interconnectedness of the Court and other American political institutions in the first event of the 2008-09 Godbey Lecture Series.

“The Supreme Court and Presidential Elections” is scheduled for three Mondays – Sept. 8, 15 and 22 – at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center. Each lecture begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to be served at noon.

Other fall events in this year’s series include:

  • “Modern China and the Imperial Legacy,” Sept. 16 and 23 and Oct. 7
  • “Big House on the Prairie,” Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13
  • “Road to the White House 2008,” Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3 and 10
  • “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire,” Nov. 4, 11, 13 and 18

Register online for the Supreme Court lectures.
Learn more about the 2008-09 Godbey Lecture Series.
Visit the Godbey Lecture Series home page.