Twelve SMU professors receive emeritus status in 2014-15

Twelve distinguished faculty members with 440 years of combined service to SMU will retire with emeritus status as the 2014-15 academic year ends. The professors, and their dates of service:

Christine Buchanan, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1977-2015

Bradley Kent Carter, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1970-2015

Anthony Cortese, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1989-2015

Gail Daly, Professor Emerita of Law, Dedman School of Law, 1990-2015

Deborah Diffily, Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, 2000-2015

 Richard Haberman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1978-2015

 James K. Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2015

 Roger Kerin, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Cox School of Business, 1973-2015

 Larry Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Music, Meadows School of the Arts, 1970-2015

 John Ubelaker, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1968-2015

 Ben Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1969-2015

 P. Gregory Warden, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, 1982-2015

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2012

On this day 520 years ago: Happy Columbus Day! Today, we celebrate the journey of Christopher Columbus and his arrival in America on Oct. 12, 1942. Columbus Day became an official federal state holiday in 1937 and is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.

Author visit: Friends of SMU Libraries will host a lecture and book signing by author Susan Orlean Wednesday, Oct. 10. Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of seven books, including the best-seller The Orchid Thief and her most recent, Rin Tin TinThe Life and the Legend. The event will start with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Building. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to Cindy Ruppi if you plan to attend.

Moody Tip-Off: To kick off the 2012-13 basketball season and the re-design of Moody Coliseum as part of the University’s centennial celebration, SMU Athletics will host a “Tip-off at Moody” on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The special event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. tip-off; the night concludes with dinner and events at 7 p.m. The men’s basketball season begins Sunday, Nov. 11 against Loyola Marymount.

Oldovini’s organ: The Meadows School of the Arts and Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ, have teamed up to bring a special musical opportunity to the SMU community. Palmer will perform monthly demonstrations on Oldovini’s organ in the Meadows Museum. The organ is the only instrument by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. The first demonstration takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; it is free, open to the public and a unique musical experience not to be missed.

Gallery Talks: The Meadows Museum hosts a Gallery Talk on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits exhibition. The event will feature perspectives from guest speakers such as Mark Leonard, chief conservator for the Dallas Museum of Art, on the painting techniques used and other insights. The talk takes place at 12:15 p.m. in the Jack and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum. No reservation is required, and the event is free for SMU faculty, staff and students.

SMU Forum wishes the faculty and students a very happy fall break! See you back on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 

Calendar Highlights: March 16, 2010

'Watermark' by Joseph Brodsky, printed by Peter KochSheer poetry: Berkeley-based printer Peter Koch is the subject of a new exhibition drawing from the collections of SMU’s Bridwell, DeGolyer, and Hamon libraries. Books by Peter Koch runs through May 16 in the Mildred Hawn Gallery, Owen Arts Center, and showcases the work of the founder and director of the Codex Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the art and craft of the book. Highlights include a 1990 bilingual edition of surviving fragments of Herakleitos, Toni Morrison’s Five Poems of 2002 and Joseph Brodsky’s meditations on Venice, Watermark (right), printed by Koch in that city in 2006. Koch will discuss his work on Watermark during an illustrated lecture, “Printing in the Shadow of Aldus Manutius,” at 5:30 p.m. March 31 in the Meadows Museum.

Ladies first: Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Southwest Airlines President Emerita Colleen Barrett are two of the guest stars who will speak at SMU during the 2010 Communicating Excellence Symposium March 16-19. “Leading Ladies: Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century” will focus on women’s leadership in both local and global issues. Topics include the importance of empathy in human affairs, mentorship of women in the workplace, and women’s leadership in higher education. The symposium is presented by the Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, in collaboration with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, the Office of Student Affairs and the Veteran Feminists of America. For more information, call 214-768-1574.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Colleen Cahill will discuss the experiences of native employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico in “Federal Fathers and Mothers: The United States Indian Service, 1869-1933” at noon March 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

'Maria Luisa Teresa of Parma' by Giuseppe BaldrighiTea with the Queen: SMU’s Meadows Museum presents an afternoon of “Royal Splendor” March 18. A four-course afternoon tea in the Jones Great Hall takes place 3-5 p.m., followed by a “Music at the Meadows” event starring Larry Palmer, SMU professor of organ and University organist, at 6 p.m. in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. Guests will also visit the museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment. Cost for the tea is $32 for Meadows Museum members, $42 for non-members; reservations are required. The concert is free. For more information, call 214-768-2765. (Right, detail from a 1765 oil-on-canvas portrait of Queen María Luisa Teresa of Parma by Giuseppe Baldrighi, featured in the Royal Splendor exhibition.)

For the Record: Nov. 13, 2008

Jim Hollifield, Political Science, Dedman College, spoke at the 2008 Dallas Institute Festival of Ideas Nov. 8. The lineup of speakers included Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, and New York Times columnists David Brooks and Nicholas Kristof.

Larry Palmer, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, played a recital at Harvard University to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Flentrop organ Nov. 2, 2008, in Busch Hall. The instrument, made famous through broadcasts and recordings by E. Power Biggs, is one of the most influential pipe organs in America. The following evening Palmer presented a program for the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists, in Harvard’s Memorial Church to mark the centenary of the birth of Hugo Distler, a German Lutheran composer who was the subject of Palmer’s first book. In October, Palmer played the dedicatory recital for the C.B. Fisk organ at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, NM, for which he was the consultant.

SMU’s departments of Risk Management and Budgets and Information Technology Services have received a 2008 Honorable Mention Award from the International Association of Emergency Managers. ITS was honored in the Public Awareness: Division 2 category for its 2008 SMU Aware calendar. The calendar is part of the University’s Security Awareness Program.