Paige Ware Named Dean Ad Interim by Provost Currall


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Dr. Paige Ware

Paige Ware, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, becomes the interim dean of the Simmons School, June 30, 2016.

Professor Ware is a highly regarded scholar and teacher who joined the faculty in 2003. Her area of research focuses on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness. Read more.

Budd Center’s Work with Taos Schools Is Up and Running

JAC_0368The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education manages The School Zone, a collective impact partnership in West Dallas that provides children the educational, social and emotional tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.  One of the hallmarks is collecting data to determine how to target resources and programs to areas of greatest student need.

The Taos Municipal School District took interest in the model, and has created its own School Zone with the Budd Center’s help. The initiative has been launched and work is moving ahead. Read more.

New Study Says Walking Burns More Calories Than Known

Simmons Faculty Peter Weyand In Physiology Locomotor LabSimmons researcher Lindsay Ludlow and Professor Peter Weyand have determined that leading standards for measuring calories burned during walking are inaccurate, and they have calculated a more precise method of measurement.

Their study, Energy expenditure during level human walking: seeking a simple and accurate predictive solution is in the Journal of Applied Physiology, published in the March 1, 2016 issue, and available online at this link.  For more on their research, read here.

Simmons Conference Examines Conditions for African-American Success in Higher Education

Simmons Black Excellence In Education Conference
Student panel included (L to R) Shanel Alexander, TCU, Andrew Udofa, SMU, Tien Dang, SMU, Jasmine Richardson, SMU, D’Marquis Allen, SMU, and Garrett Fischer, SMU.

The Simmons School invited faculty, administrators, students, alumni and community leaders to discuss what elements are necessary to ensure academic success for African-Americans in higher education.

The conference, which took place April 1 at Harold Simmons Hall, tackled topics on community support for students, transforming the higher education experience, and student perspectives on current campus climate. Participants included representatives from SMU and area institutions. Read Daily Campus coverage here.

– Watch Community Panel discussion here.
– Watch Student Panel discussion here.
– Watch Higher Ed Panel discussion here.
– Watch Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Reddick, UT Austin here.
– Watch Speech by Kelvin Beachum Jr., ’10, ’12 here.

DRCM Students Win National Mediation Competition

(L to R): Yanina Vashchenko, Nate Owens, Dana Garnett, Elizabeth Blake, David Russell, Anjana Vellingiri, Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, Gerry Plata

At the 5th Annual Graduate Mediation Competition hosted by SMU’s Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, April 1-2, in Plano, Simmons student teams won every award category. They are as follows:

First Place Team award: Dana Garnett, Nate Owens, and Yanina Vashchenko. Second Place Team award: Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, and Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Mediator: Dana Garnett. Second Place Mediator: Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Client/Advocate: David Russell. Second Place Client Advocate: Elizabeth Blake.

This year, the competing schools included Champlain College, Kennesaw State University, Brandeis University and SMU.