Tune In: Faculty honored during Founders’ Day 2014

SMU Centennial Faculty Photo, April 11, 2014SMU’s 2014 Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, spotlighted the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop.

The festivities included a Faculty Salute during the annual President’s Briefing, a showcase of faculty expertise as part of Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, and a Centennial Faculty Photograph in Moody Coliseum.

Relive the event in photos and video courtesy of the Founders’ Day Weekend page at SMU Newsslide show video

Tune In: Happy holidays from SMU, 2012 edition

Myles Taylor of SMU News captures highlights of SMU holiday traditions in this video, from Celebration of Lights and the Advent Worship Service to the Trains at NorthPark Center. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open SMU’s 2012 Christmas video in a new windowvideo icon

Tune In: SMU’s year-end closeup for 2012

SMU’s 2012 calendar year produced a wealth of memorable moments. Relive some of the highlights through this video by Myles Taylor of SMU News. Click on the YouTube screen to start watching, or click here to open the SMU highlight video in a new windowvideo

James A. Baker III to receive 2012 Tower Center Medal of Freedom

James A Baker IIIFormer U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, will receive the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies during formal ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in McFarlin Auditorium. The Tower Center Medal of Freedom is presented every two years to an individual, or individuals, who have furthered the cause of freedom throughout the world.

This event is free to all SMU students, faculty and staff, but tickets are required. Students, faculty and staff should come to the McFarlin basement at 5 p.m. to receive two complimentary tickets per SMU ID. Business casual attire is suggested.

“James Baker is one of our country’s most accomplished statesmen and has provided strong, diplomatic leadership and a collaborative approach to politics throughout his career,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.  “He led policies and progress that secured our nation’s presence on the world stage. We are proud to present him with the Tower Center Medal of Freedom.”

Baker’s public service and scholarship extend from the Cold War through the Arab Spring. He served in senior government positions under three different American presidents – Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Baker is honorary chairman of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and a senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts.

Baker continues to wield influence on various national and international issues. At a recent conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Baker commented on America’s national debt crisis:

“A broad bipartisan agreement is going to be necessary if we’re going to be able to stabilize our debt,” Baker said. “It is critical that Americans of goodwill, Republicans, Democrats and independents alike push our elected officials to make the compromises necessary to get on a sustainable economic track. The alternative of political gridlock and a diminished place for the United States in the global economic arena is unacceptable.”

The Tower Center, located within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, supports teaching and research programs in international and domestic politics with an emphasis on global studies and national security policy. Additionally, it educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions.

Tower Center Medal of FreedomThe Tower Center Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. This year’s event chairs are Gene Jones, Linda Gibbons and Nancy Halbreich.

Written by Christina Voss

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Tune In: SMU Family Weekend 2012 in photos and video

The rain poured down, but spirits were high during SMU’s 2012 Family Weekend celebration Sept. 28-30. Relive “Boardwalk on the Boulevard” from the picnic to the Talent Show to the SMU-TCU game with a video courtesy of SMU News.

> More video and pictures from SMU Family Weekend 2012

As Dallas opens new bridge, SMU helps lead Calatrava celebration

SMU’s Meadows Museum, home to the first large-scale Santiago Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States, is joining the city-wide celebration honoring the dedication of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by the Spanish architect.

The Meadows will host a special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion, March 4-April 22, 2012.

The exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches of Wave, the University’s landmark 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. The exhibition also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication.

“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”

On March 3, 2012, Calatrava will return to SMU to see the exhibition and the 2009 renovation of the Meadows Museum Plaza and Sculpture Garden near “Wave.” The plaza’s southwest corner includes a new terrace, the Irwin Overlook, with a view over the sculpture.

Get a complete rundown of the University’s participation in the weekend’s events from SMU News’s Calatrava homepage at smu.edu/calatrava.

Above, Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán reflects on Calatrava and his work in this video from SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start, or click here to watch “Santiago Calatrava’s Wave at SMU” in a new window.

> Read the “West Side Stories” essays from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts
> Learn more about Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion
> Visit Santiago Calatrava’s website at calatrava.com

Tune In: Sharing new knowledge at SMU Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Day. Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event gives participants opportunities to network with students in different programs, to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share the outstanding research being done at the University.

Revisit a few of the nearly 90 presentations in this video by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to view, or click this link to watch SMU’s 2012 Research Day video in a new window.

Tune In: SMU dedicates Centennial Quad and new interactive exhibit

SMU’s Second Century celebration gained new momentum Sept. 9, 2011, with the dedication of the R. Gerald Turner Centennial Quadrangle, the Cooper Centennial Fountain and the Gail O. and R. Gerald Turner Turner Centennial Pavilion, as well a new interactive exhibit.

Centennial Hall, located on the first level of Hughes-Trigg Student Center, includes a historical timeline, videos, interactive features and tributes to the various communities associated with SMU, such as Dallas and the Park Cities. The exhibit includes electronic multiplayer quizzes about SMU through the years, as well as opportunities for visitors to add their reflections and hopes for SMU’s future.

Click the YouTube screen to see an SMU News video of the day’s festivities, or open this link to watch the Centennial Quad dedication video in a new window. video

Tune In: The SMU year in review, 2010-11

SMU’s 2010-11 centennial year featured epic moments from beginning to end, from groundbreaking for the Bush Presidential Library to fireworks at the inaugural Founders’ Day celebration.

Eva Parks of SMU News has packed the excitement into a video year in review – from the Class of 2014’s Move-in Day in August to 2011 Commencement in May. Click the YouTube screen to start viewing, or watch the HD SMU Year in Review in a new window. video

Tune In: Video highlights from Family Weekend 2010

Family Weekend 2010 YouTube screenSMU’s Family Weekend 2010 featured the Family Luncheon, the Boulevard Barbeque, Taste of Dallas Dinner, and a talent show – as well as the nationally televised Battle for the Iron Skillet football game pitting SMU against TCU. Relive the memories through a new video from Eva Parks of SMU News – just click on the YouTube screen to watch in a new window. video