Faculty in the News: Jan. 18, 2008

SMU faculty stayed busy over the holidays as they shared their expertise with the press and the public. Here’s a short summary of faculty media appearances during Winter Break:

Caroling on the SMU quadPeter Raad, Hart eCenter, was named one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People of 2007” by Next Generation Dec. 19, 2007.

Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, spoke on the declining tradition of Christmas caroling in USA Today Dec. 17, 2007.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed interfaith understanding and his role as featured speaker in Temple Emanu-El’s annual adult education course with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 5, 2008.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, talked about how 2007 recalls have boosted demand for U.S.-made toys in The Oregonian Dec. 25, 2007.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed Texas’ pursuit of energy diversity in The Killeen Daily Herald Dec. 31, 2007. He also spoke about the impact of the housing slump on real estate agents with the Dallas Business Journal Oct. 16, 2007

Debate tracking on CNNRita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, tracked Iowa debate viewers’ real-time responses during a Democratic presidential debate in a project undertaken with CNN. Kirk and Schill tracked viewer responses during a debate that took place Dec. 13, 2007.

Matthew Wilson and Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about differences in state and national political polling with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29, 2007. Jillson also discussed New Jersey’s vote to abolish the death penalty with Reuters Dec. 14, 2007.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed what the U.S. Congress’ energy bill compromise means for North Texas pollution control with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2007.

Rick Halperin, History, discussed the phenomenon of European women befriending Texas death-row inmates with The Seattle Times Oct. 16, 2007. In addition, he coauthored an op-ed urging repeal of the death penalty that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Dec. 22, 2007.

Beloved traditions kick off SMU holiday season

Celebration of Lights

SMU welcomes the holiday season with the Student Foundation’s annual Celebration of Lights at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees and luminarias will line the sidewalks during a night of caroling and a holiday performance by SMU’s Voices of Inspiration. In addition, President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

On Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology offers its traditional Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Originating in a cathedral in Cornwall, England, in 1888, the service is the retelling through scripture and song of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Performers include the Perkins Seminary Singers led by Michael Hawn, director of sacred music; and the Meadows Women’s Ensemble conducted by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as organist. Music includes pieces from Western and world music traditions as well as selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.