“This is not only CLA’s 75th convention and the centennial of Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander’s birth, but it’s also the centennial of SMU’s opening,” says CLA host committee chair Darryl Dickson-Carr, associate professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College.
“Walker Alexander was the direct inspiration for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, as its founder, Curtis King, was her student and protégé,” Dickson-Carr says. “The CLA’s first visit to Texas in 50 years coincides with remarkable events in Dallas and SMU’s histories, and features the work of some of its best and most celebrated students.”
Three faculty members were honored with SMU’s annual Distinguished University Citizen Award at the Faculty Breakfast held May 15 before Commencement. The 2010 recipients:
• Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
• Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
• Nina Schwartz, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
The award, given by the Provost’s Office, honors three faculty members each year for service and activities that benefit students and the University’s academic mission. “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to people who have given so much of themselves to SMU,” says Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky. “The recipients truly have distinguished themselves as good University citizens.”
The Office of the Provost has named all members of SMU’s General Education Review Committee. The office plans to establish a website on which faculty and staff members can track the Commitee’s progress and provide feedback.
“The members have all agreed to participate in this important venture on behalf of, and in consultation with, the entire University community,” said Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to SMU faculty and staff.
The General Education Review is a key objective of SMU’s Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015. The review will examine how the University’s general education requirements “prepare students for citizenship and leadership roles in an educated society.” Copies of the Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015 may be picked up in SMU’s libraries.
The committee membership:
Dennis Cordell, Dedman College General Education, Co-Chair Thomas Tunks, Associate Provost, Co-Chair Shelley Berg, Dance Denise DuPont, Foreign Languages and Literatures Vicki Hill, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center Robert Krout, Music Therapy Monnie McGee, Statistical Science Mark McPhail, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Rachael Morgan, student representative Ellen Pryor, Associate Provost Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations Gale Roid, Teaching and Learning Nina Schwartz, English Harold Stanley, Political Science Susan Strobel-Hogan, Residence Life and Student Housing Brian Stump, Earth Sciences Alisa Rata Stutzbach, Hamon Arts Library David Willis, Mechanical Engineering Jo Geisler, staff support Michael Tumeo, staff support