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The thrill of victory

SMU Guildhall Executive Director Gary Brubaker (center) with the winning Kraven Manor team, all smiles after the Intel University Games Showcase at GDC 2014. We're bringing home both trophies! What a day! Two SMU Guildhall student game teams (Kraven Manor and Hymn of the Sands) were named finalists in the Intel University Games Showcase, a competition which awards $20,000 in hardware grants to the winning school(s). Twelve games were judged on best gameplay and best visuals and the Guildhall team that produced Kraven Manor won BOTH! Intel will be providing $20,000 worth of hardware to our program. How amazing is that?!? We are so proud of both teams and congratulate all of the members of the Kraven Manor [...]

2014-03-21T13:44:25+00:00 March 21st, 2014|Guildhall at GDC 2014|

The social network

An update from René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs in The Guildhall at SMU: More than 300 game industry professionals, Guildhall alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Guildhall at SMU and our recent #3 (of 234) ranking by the Princeton Review. This reception is a great time for our students and recent graduates to network and start working toward the ultimate goal of landing a job in the game industry. Hiring managers abounded last night, and many good conversations were had. Many of these industry friends came with a list of future graduates that they wanted to speak with to set up interviews. We appreciate their love of Guildhall students [...]

2014-03-20T10:58:54+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Guildhall at GDC 2014|

Getting into #GDC2014

René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, and Tricia Skinner, manager of career development, are representing The Guildhall at SMU at the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) March 19-21. The GDC – the world's largest professional game industry event – takes place annually in San Francisco. René is blogging daily during the conference, and Tricia is live-tweeting via @SMUGuildhall.

2015-01-06T11:43:37+00:00 March 19th, 2014|Guildhall at GDC 2014|

Remembering the innocent

An update from Jennifer, who earned a Master of Liberal Studies in 2010 and is pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study focused on human rights and social justice: Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the house, the town where you grew up – what it looked and sounded like during springtime, who your neighbors were, what you did on a regular Saturday afternoon. Could you ever conceive of your memories being shattered by the encirclement of your town by an invading army bent on killing everyone who lived there? The 642 people in Oradour-sur-Glane near Limoges, France, probably never imagined that could happen to them, but it did – on June 10, 1944. German soldiers from a Waffen SS unit separated the men from [...]

2014-03-14T16:01:01+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Human Rights, France|

Through grief to joy

A rusting hook used to chain prisoners set before the firing squad. There have been one or two occasions in our short stay to date that have moved me to the point of tears. One has been our visit to the Museo Ruta del Esclavo – an old fortress and prison, now a museum, that was at the heart of the slave trade for several centuries. One overwhelming moment was a look at the wall where executions took place. The remains of an iron bar – to which doomed prisoners were chained in their final seconds of life – rusts above a huge rugged gouge (several feet deep in some areas) where bullets through the years have worn [...]

2014-03-20T17:25:54+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in Cuba|

The Subversive Cross is a symbol of empowerment for all, including El Salvador’s women

An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at "Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador": I did not share with you a remarkable gift I received on Sunday (March 9, 2014) during the morning church service. Every visitor received a handmade necklace. The necklaces were given to us by the children and youth of the church. Many of the crosses were replicas of the Subversive Cross. This cross is a symbol of both carnage and hope for some parishioners during the civil war and for Salvadorian women who currently struggle to find a safe place. “Subversive” was the name given to a group [...]

2014-03-11T16:23:27+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador|

José Martí, Martin Luther King Jr., and religion in Cuba

The José Marti memorial and the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana. Our group is off today to Plaza de la Revolución to see the memorial and museum honoring José Martí. He was considered by Fidel Castro to be the intellectual author of the revolution, and the story of his 42 brief years of life (mid- to late-1800s) is riveting. First imprisoned by the Spanish in Cuba for revolutionary ideas at age 16, he was deported to Spain after six months. There he earned a university degree, excelling in several fields. His poetry – along with 89 quotations inscribed throughout the museum walls – is inspiring. The breadth of his accomplishments is breathtaking, and he is remarkable by [...]

2014-03-20T17:29:57+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in Cuba|

Guildhall grads make good

It’s PAX Day #3, and the attendees are showing no signs of slowing down! It’s always so wonderful seeing our local industry friends out at a show that is so far from the Lone Star State, and Gearbox Software is certainly a good friend of The Guildhall at SMU. Gearbox is collaborating with a great studio called 2K this year at PAX, showcasing the upcoming Borderlands 2 Headhunter Pack add-on: T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest. Players are competing to take down the boss, and the attendee with the fastest time will be flown out to Gearbox on September 14 to compete against the Gearbox Software team at their Community Day in Dallas, Texas. Droves of Guildhall alumni have worked on successful [...]

2013-09-03T17:40:31+00:00 September 1st, 2013|Guildhall at PAX 2013|

Sonic, the Master Chief, and me

Today was day #1 of PAX, and it was fast and furious. Over 60,000 eager attendees entered the Washington State Convention center to play, interact, and to discover what is on the forefront of the world of board, card, and video gaming. One of our favorite things to do on the first day is to walk the show floor and experience the quirky world of cosplay. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it is short for costume play; which is way more than the mere act of “dressing up.” Cosplay is a subculture of the gaming industry where participants assume the personality and persona of a specific character or idea...and PAX didn't disappoint. See what you think!   [...]

2013-09-01T03:23:41+00:00 August 30th, 2013|Guildhall at PAX 2013|

A primer on PAX

An update from René, manager of admissions and alumni affairs for The Guildhall at SMU: Penny Arcade originally became famous as an online web comic about gaming culture. In 2004, the website’s founders launched The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, Washington, with about 4,500 attendees. Over the past 9 years, it has become one of the nation’s largest gaming conventions, with more than 70,000 attendees in 2013. The convention has also expanded outside of Seattle in recent years with shows in Boston, Massachusetts and Melbourne, Australia. From a massive exhibition hall, to concerts, to hundreds of panels, PAX is leading the way as the preeminent convention for gamers, both professional and independent. The Guildhall at SMU will celebrate its 8th exhibition year at [...]

2013-08-29T18:33:46+00:00 August 29th, 2013|Guildhall at PAX 2013|
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