Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2007

Peruna ad from catalogTile while you can: Only a few more days to see “Tile Design in Valencia” in Meadows Museum – the exhibition closes Oct. 21. Check the Museum Web site for hours.

Wish books: Browse through hundreds of catalogs, most from the period 1865-1965, in “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs,” on exhibit through Feb. 15 in DeGolyer Library. The catalogs include merchandise ranging from machinery to kitchen appliances to fashion to medicine. Highlights include catalogs from JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and The Horchow Collection – as well as a catalog for Peruna (top left), which from 1880-1920 was a popular patent medicine before it became synonymous with SMU’s popular mascot.

High tech for teaching: The Center for Teaching Excellence presents a roundtable discussion on “Games, Sims and Other Software: Virtual Reality in the Classroom” 3-4 p.m. Oct. 15 in 323 Fondren Library. Read more and sign up online.

Say hey to Willie: Baseball legend and 24-time All-Star Willie Mays speaks at the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum at noon Oct. 17 in the Khmer Pavilion, Hilton Anatole Hotel. Find more information (and the 2008 schedule) at the Athletic Forum Web site.

C.S.I.: Archaeology: SMU Ph.D. candidate Catrina Whitley, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, talks about what ancient skeletal remains can tell researchers about how people of the Southwest lived and died. “The Study of Death: Revealing Life Stories in the Rio Grande del Rancho Valley” take place at noon Oct. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library, and is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series. Bring your lunch. (Left, a young male victim of violence from Pot Creek Pueblo, 1250-1320 AD, photo by Catrina Whitley.)

Editor’s choice: “Editorial Leadership on The Dallas Morning News” will be the topic as Robert Mong, the newspaper’s president and editor, holds forth in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon event at noon Oct. 17 in the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Dee Powell at 8-3012 or visit

Annie LennoxLearn to fly: SMU’s Outdoor Adventures program offers “Try Hang-Gliding,” an Oct. 27 instructional trip to Lawton, Oklahoma. The $120 cost includes transportation, ground school, equipment rental and lunch. Sign-up deadline is Oct. 19.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 14: British pop/soul diva and Eurhythmics cofounder Annie Lennox (bottom left) in concert – doors at 6:30 p.m., Carina Round opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Oct. 19: Alt-country rockers Ryan Adams and the Cardinals in concert at 8 p.m. (doors at 7). Tickets available through Front Gate Tickets.