Order your 2016 SMU holiday cards by Friday, Nov. 11


SMU holiday card 2016, frontThe official 2016 SMU holiday card is on sale now – but, like a Black Friday deal, they’ll be gone soon. Quantities are limited, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

This year’s card features an image of Dallas Hall taken during the University’s Celebration of Lights, with “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright” on the front and the greeting “Warm Wishes” on the inside. Cards can be ordered with a blank signature line or with “Southern Methodist University” preprinted.

The cost is $1.50 per card, sold in packages of 25, with envelopes. You can place orders in quantities of up to 300. Cards are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 22, and can be collected in Perkins Administration Building. You will receive an e-mail notifying you when your cards are ready for pick-up.

For more information, contact Karen Hart in SMU Public Affairs.

> Find details, more views and an online order form at the SMU Development and External Affairs website


A closer look at SMU’s new-look, mobile-friendly homepage design


This article is an updated version of the original posted on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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A sample first screen previews the new SMU homepage. Click the image for a larger one that shows the full updated look.

SMU has introduced a new version of its homepage designed to be as useful as possible for audiences who are unfamiliar with SMU, including prospective students. The new-look site went live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

The more mobile-friendly design features enhanced use of photography and videos, with a smaller and more focused selection of top-page links designed to help users find relevant information more easily.

In addition, the updated site has a new template that will make it easier for schools and units to use a similar look for their own websites in the future.

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For the Record: May 2012

The SMU Office of Public Affairs received 10 awards in 8 different categories in the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. Nicole SantosMelinda Matthews, Laura Graham, Karen Shoholm and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won a Gold Award in the Design category for “Say Hello to SMU,” the University’s new admission brochure. Sarah Hanan and Kathleen Tibbetts, News and Communications, won the Gold and Silver Awards in the Blogs category for SMU Adventures and SMU ForumHillsman S. Jackson, Laura GrahamPatti LaSalle, Mitch WhittenSherry MyresKaren Shoholm and Nancy George received the Silver Award in the Institutional Relations category for the University’s Centennial picture book, SMU: Unbridled Vision (pictured).

Pat Ward, Public Affairs/Periodicals, brought home the Silver Award in the Newsletters category for the Central University Libraries newsletter, Annotations. Brooke Carlock, Karen Shoholm, Melinda Matthews and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won the Bronze Award in the Design – Special Pieces category for the President’s Associates calendar and Academic Programs booklet. Brittney Wallace, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, earned a Bronze Award for Design Improvement for the President’s Scholars recruitment brochure.

The Development and External Affairs team won a Bronze Award for Institutional Relations for The Second Century Celebration. Denise Gee, News and Communications, won a Bronze Award in the Writing Collection category for her portfolio focused on the University’s human rights programs. Eva Parks, News and Communications, received an Honorable Mention in the Electronic Communications category for the Fall 2011 “SMU in the News” video.

Irina Dumitrescu, English, Dedman College, has received a 24-month Humboldt Research Fellowship to begin August 1, 2012. The award allows postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctorates within the past four years to carry out a long-term research project (6 to 24 months) in cooperation with an academic host of their choosing at a research institution in Germany. Dumitrescu’s host institution is the Free University of Berlin, where she will work with Andrew James Johnston in the Institute for English Language and Literature. Her Humboldt-funded project, “The Drama of Grammar: Second-Language Learning in Early England,” will examine the ways in which vivid, surprising, and often scandalous grammar texts used to teach Latin and French during the Middle Ages shaped the emotional lives of students and taught them innovative ways to engage with literature.

Jennifer Dworak, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Consortium. The awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions to enrich their research and professional growth.

'Revelations in Business' book cover

Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, gave an invited talk on “Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road” at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies April 26, 2012. The lecture was sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation and the Stanford Humanities Center, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of History.

K. Shelette Stewart, Executive Education, Cox School of Business, has written Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life (pictured), published by Tate Publishing. She is also the narrator of the audio edition, currently available at Amazon.com

For the Record: March 3, 2011

Anna Membrino's winning paintingAnna Membrino, a first-year M.F.A. student in Meadows School of the Arts, has been named one of three national winners of the 2010 Canvas Artist Series Contest sponsored by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Folio Fine Wine Partners. She won for her design of the merlot label (pictured right) for the Canvas wine brand. The three contest winners were selected by public online voting and a panel of judges comprised of Folio and Hyatt executives, as well as other wine industry professionals. In addition to having their artwork displayed on the Canvas bottle, the winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship from Hyatt. Read more from SMU News.

Carla Mendiola, a Ph.D. candidate in history in Dedman College, has been selected for a Government of Canada Doctoral Student Research Award, which “promotes research that contributes to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada, its relationship with the United States, and its international affairs.” The grant will allow her to conduct dissertation research in Canada.

The SMU Office of Public Affairs won five awards in the 2011 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. The Content Group received two prizes in the Blog category: a Gold Award for SMU Adventures and a Silver Award for the SMU Forum. The SMU Research news site received a Silver Award in the World Wide Web Sub Site or Section category. Kim Cobb received a Silver Award in the Medical/Scientific News Writing category for “SMU-led Research Center Aims to Connect Brain Signals to Robotic Limbs,” and Eva Parks received a Bronze Award in the Film or Video-Feature category for “The World’s Oldest Christmas Card.” The winners were announced Feb. 22 at the CASE Fusion annual conference in New Orleans.

For the Record: Oct. 1, 2009

An SMU speech team took first place in both divisions of its first competition of 2009-10. Fourteen students competed in more than 30 public speaking events including persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking and poetry during the event at Tarrant County College Sept. 26. The team took both of the top team sweepstakes awards and won 25 individual awards. Katherine Carr won first place in communication analysis and was the 3rd overall speaker for the tournament. Alex Ehmke was first place in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Jessica Huseman took first place in persuasive speaking. Roza Essaw took first place in informative speaking.

In addition, SMU students dominated the limited-preparation speaking events of impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, taking 11 of the top 12 speaking positions in those two events. Christene Dino and Solomon Odom were finalists in the interpretation event of prose. Carr and Solomon took second place in duo interpretation.

The team is coached by Chris Salinas and Ben Voth, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts. Many of the competitors were trained in a curriculum designed by CCPA Chair Mark McPhail.

The Office of Public Affairs received two 2009 Dallas Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators-Dallas at a ceremony Sept. 30. The 2008-09 SMU Parent Calendar received an Award of Excellence in Publications-Special Publications, and the SMU Student Adventures website received an Award of Merit in Electronic and Digital Communication-Ongoing Program (Internal or External Audience).

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For the Record: May 21, 2009

'Quest for Justice' by Darwin Payne - bookcoverDarwin Payne, professor emeritus of communications in Meadows School of the Arts, has written Quest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas, published by SMU Press in May 2009. The book tells the story of prominent African American attorney Louis A. Bedford – the first black man to become a judge in Dallas – and the black legal community and middle class in Dallas and Texas during the mid-20th century.

The Office of Public Affairs received three awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV 2009 competition. SMU Magazine received an Award of Excellence (Silver) in the Visual Design-Illustration category for the feature section “Going Global” that appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue. Integrated Marketing received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the Visual Design-Logo Design category for the “SMU Unbridled” logo. SMU Forum received an Achievement Award (Bronze) in the World Wide Web Site category. The honors were presented at the 2009 CASE District IV conference, which took place April 4-8 in Oklahoma City.

For the Record: March 6, 2009

Sherry Smith, University Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College, has received a 2009-10 Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellowship from the Huntington Library. She will spend the next academic year doing research at the Huntington.

Hillsman S. Jackson, University Photographer, Public Affairs, has been named 2009-10 president of the Dallas chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Founded in 1944, the ASMP (originally the Society of Magazine Photographers and later the American Society of Magazine Photographers) has more than 5,000 members in 39 chapters nationwide. The organization “promotes photographers’ rights, educates photographers in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers and helps buyers find professional photographers.”