Faculty in the News: March 29, 2011

SMU Professor Seyom BrownWilliam Tsutsui, Dean, Dedman College, was in Japan when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. He wrote about how the Japanese people’s fascination with disaster in movies, manga, anime and video games mirrors that nation’s real-world vulnerability to catastrophe in an essay that appeared in Newsweek March 24, 2011.

Seyom Brown (right), Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed the current crisis in Libya with FOX 4 News March 24, 2011. Watch the Seyom Brown interview online. video

Raúl Magdaleno, Diversity and Community Engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, finished his SMU bachelor’s degree while living in a homeless shelter and caring for family members. He discussed his experiences with Bill Zeeble of KERA Public Radio March 24, 2011. Listen to Magdeleno’s KERA radio interview. audio

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the competing views of how President Obama is handling the crisis in the Middle East with with The Canadian Press March 21, 2011. He also talked about the political ramifications of a joint appearance of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President Obama for an article that appeared in The Christian Science Monitor March 2, 2011.

Ryszard Stroynowski, Physics, Dedman College, was featured in a story on how the legacy of North Texas’ Superconducting Super Collider has continued at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The story was aired by WFAA Channel 8 News March 22, 2011. Watch the Stroynowski interview at the SMU Research blog. video

R. Gerald Turner, SMU president and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, provided commentary to Bloomberg News on a report that says the NCAA should alter its payouts for the men’s basketball tournament to reward schools with higher graduation rates. The article appeared March 17, 2011.

Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for a story on how the way words are pronounced may be changing as the state’s demographics change. The article appeared in The Texas Observer March 1, 2011.

George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College, talked about how to handle mature questions from young children, especially when they are taking a very literal approach to a concern, with columnist Tyra Damm of The Dallas Morning News Jan. 7, 2011.

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2010-11

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the how the new census will affect Texas politically – and the risks it may pose for Republicans – with The Los Angeles Times Dec. 22, 2010, and with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 20, 2010. He talked about the year ahead in politics with The Canadian Press Dec. 16, 2010. In addition, he discussed the likelihood of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2012 with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 13, 2010.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Interfaith Peace Chapel of Dallas – the last building architect Philip Johnson designed before his death – in a piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Dec. 22, 2010.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about how creative gift-giving increases when the economy is bad with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 20, 2010.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed the rise in Texas’ unemployment rate – despite a gain in jobs – with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 17, 2010.

Sharon Lyle, project director, TEDxSMU, was profiled as “the top conversation starter in Dallas” in D Magazine‘s “The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011.” The article appeared Dec. 15, 2010.

Dalia AbdelHady, Sociology, Dedman College, talked about crafting holiday traditions when members of a family are of different faiths with KERA Public Radio Dec. 16, 2010. audio

Rhonda Rompola, head coach, Women’s Basketball, was the subject of a “Profile in Fitness” Q&A with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, and William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, talked about Americans’ depth of religious knowledge and how religion shapes our political views in the “Texas Faith” column of The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.

Lawrence also talked about the Nativity story and who was present for the birth of Jesus with National Public Radio News Dec. 23, 2010. audio

Raúl Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of a profile in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 13, 2010.

Raúl Magdaleno receives national award for community leadership

Raul Magdaleno, Meadows School of the Arts, SMURaúl Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, has been named the MillerCoors 2010 Líder of the Year.

Chosen for his work as a volunteer with Parents Step Ahead/Padres un Paso Adelante, Magdaleno will receive a $25,000 grant for a community leadership project with Parents Step Ahead and MillerCoors. He was among 12 Hispanic leaders recognized for contributions to their communities; he was chosen as Líder of the Year through an online public voting campaign that ran Sept. 15-Oct. 29, 2010.

Parents Step Ahead seeks to increase parents’ awareness and involvement in their children’s education, increase academic achievement and graduation rates among minority students, and reach more students and families by replicating the Dallas model in other cities through partnerships with national organizations, companies and publications. Magdaleno’s work with the group – founded in 2006 by Lupita Colmenero, associate publisher of El Hispano News in Dallas – has allowed him to reach out to local families and encourage parents to participate in their children’s education.

Magdaleno said he was “honored and grateful” for the award. “I hope that by receiving this recognition, I may inspire future generations to reach for their aspirations and continue to work toward the advancement of the Hispanic community.”

In 2004, he received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, presented to outstanding youth, for his more than 29,000 hours of community service.

“Raúl has demonstrated remarkable leadership through motivating others to never give up and promoting the value of an education,” said Colmenero. “We invite everyone to become ambassadors for our cause and help us enable and empower parents to be effective leaders and role models in their children’s educational life.”

The MillerCoors Líderes program, established in 2006, offers up-and-coming Latino professionals leadership tools, counsel and the opportunity to network through its website, Facebook and LinkedIn.

“Raúl’s dedication to the Hispanic community serves as an example and an inspiration to those around him,” said Joedis Avila, multicultural relations manager, MillerCoors. “We are thrilled that he was chosen by the public as the MillerCoors 2010 Líder of the Year, and we are proud to highlight his achievements so he may continue to be a role model for future generations.”