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: 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.