Tune In: A season of celebration

SMU's 2007 Celebration of LightsSMU’s 30th annual Celebration of Lights took place Dec. 2, 2007, on the University’s Main Quad. It featured more than 100,000 decorative lights and luminarias, caroling and a reading of the Christmas story from the New Testament by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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International and civic leaders, a former athlete turned dentist and an emerging theatre star received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) during formal ceremonies on Nov. 8, 2007. See the ceremony as it was rebroadcast on SMU-TV Channel 19 in the Park Cities. video

Three important new Meadows Museum exhibitions opened Nov. 30, 2007. “Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s” runs through Feb. 24, 2008; “Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest” and “Lone Star Printmaker” run through Mar. 2, 2008.

Hear an interview with co-curators Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk by Laurel Ornish of ClassicalTexas.com, with remarks by Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán
See a gallery of some of the paintings on exhibit

For the Record: Nov. 29, 2007

Richard Nelson, Theology, Brent Sumerlin, Chemistry, and Matthew Wilson, Political Science, have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Nelson’s Fellowship will support his research at the University of Cambridge, England, on the Book of Judges as a resource in public policy debates. Sumerlin’s Fellowship will allow local high school students, along with undergraduate and graduate students, to participate in his research developing new synthetic “smart” materials in biotechnology. Wilson’s Fellowship will support his research on public opinion toward Catholicism and its role in national elections, one part of a larger book project.

Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum Director, talked about the future and educational mission of the Meadows Museum with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 26, 2007.

The Dedman School of Law‘s Mock Trial team has earned a spot in the American Bar Association‘s national competition in January. Nefeterius McPherson, Sally Pretorius, John Roberts and Michael Thomas took first place in the regional competition and will represent the region in Chicago Jan. 26-27, 2008.

Erin Krafft, a graduate student in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, struck a $60,000 bargain on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” Nov. 16, 2007. Read more.