Books and controversy

Faculty publishing plays an important role in academic life and interests the broader community as well. The SMU Bookstore, located at 3060 Mockingbird Lane, features a special section of faculty books and offers a holiday discount for faculty and staff.

Each year, News and Communications in the Office of Public Affairs, celebrate faculty books with a holiday gift list of recent works. ( To submit books published in 2014, please check here

SMU faculty members also have weighed in on controversial textbook issues, providing expert testimony to the State Board of Education in Austin on the quality and accuracy of proposed textbooks.

In September 2014, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences faculty members Ron Wetherington, Kathleen Wellman, David Brockman and Edward Countryman spoke out about what they see as “flawed” and “distorted” textbooks being considered for Texas classrooms.

Another Dedman College faculty member, Mark Chancey, Department of Religious Studies, is a nationally recognized religious studies expert on political and academic issues raised by public school Bible courses. He published the 2013 study “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” which found that most of Texas’ 60 public school districts offering Bible study courses are not meeting a 2007 state law mandating the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound.



Honoring donors of SMU endowed faculty positions

As part of the Year of the Faculty commemoration, SMU salutes the century-long contributions of the faculty to the development of the university, the advancement of their disciplines, the success of SMU graduates and the betterment of society.

A significant contributor to faculty accomplishment has been the creation of endowed faculty positions—professorships and chairs—made possible by farsighted and generous donors. At a luncheon on November 14, 2014, SMU honors those who have supported the SMU faculty and those who hold the prestigious appointments.

See the endowed faculty donor event program, which includes more information about the importance of endowed positions and a commemorative list of named positions at SMU.

Read more about the luncheon honoring donors to endowed faculty positions.

Watch the video about the ways donors and endowed faculty strengthen academic excellence at SMU:

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Examining miniature objects with great impact

Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture

Department of Art History

Meadows School of the Arts

Meadows School Professor Stephanie Langin-Hooper’s primary research analyzes the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia utilizing perspectives of miniaturization affect, postcolonialism, gender theory and materiality.

Langin-Hooper is a new endowed chair in the Art History, made possible by a bequest of the late SMU Distinguished Teaching Professor Karl Kilinski II. The department’s momentum is bringing emerging scholars and leaders from around the country to Meadows School of the Arts.

Langin-Hooper’s forthcoming book project, Life in Miniature: Figurines, Identities, and Social Negotiation in Hellenistic Babylonia, investigates the role of miniature objects as agents of social change and identity production within the multicultural communities of southern Iraq during the Greek-influenced periods (c. 330 BCE-200 CE) following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Her other research interests include miniaturization in the broader Hellenistic world, monuments and issues of monumentality in Mesopotamian art history, and Hellenistic Babylonian prosopography.

She also is a contributing partner of the digital humanities projects HBTIN (Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, and Names) and BPS (Berkeley Prosopography Services).


Teaching math with Instagram

Middle School students may soon tap into social networking and video games to understand algebraic ideas.

Candace Walkington, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will test that idea in a new study, funded by the National Academy of Education.

Approximately 200 pre-Algebra students in eight classrooms at schools in the Dallas Independent School District are participating in the study. Based on results from earlier research, Walkington hypothesizes that authoring the stories will elicit students’ interest in the content to be learned by drawing on their knowledge about home and community.

A pilot version of the study begins Spring 2015. The full study starts Fall 2015.


SMU Simmons Department of Teaching & Learning: Research in Mathematics Education

Acclaimed music performer and teacher

Leah Young Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, Meadows School of the Arts

Internationally known organist and educator Stefan Engels has joined the Division of Music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance.

The endowed senior faculty position was made possible by a $2 million gift from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., in honor of Sarah’s mother, Mrs. Leah Fullinwider. The position is the first Endowed Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts and the second for SMU.


Analyzing international economic strategy

Economics Professor Santanu Roy’s research focuses on markets with information problems, changes in industry structure over time, economic growth under uncertainty, international trade and the economics of natural resources. He has received a number of research awards, including the Ford Research Fellowship at SMU.


On the hunt for answers to the mysteries of the universe

When scientists pour 3.0 million gallons of mineral oil into what are essentially 350,000 giant plastic tubes, the possibility of a leak can’t be overlooked, says SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan.

The oil and tubes are part of the integral structure of the world’s newest experiment to understand neutrinos — invisible fundamental particles that are so abundant they constantly bombard us and pass through us at a rate of more than 100,000 billion particles a second.

Neutrinos rarely interact with matter and so mostly pass through objects completely unnoticed. The purpose of NOvA, as the new experiment is called, is to better understand neutrinos. That knowledge may lead to a clearer picture of the origins of matter and the inner workings of the universe, Coan said.

”Neutrinos are thought to play a key but still somewhat murky role in explaining how the universe evolved to contain just the matter we see today and somehow disposing of the antimatter present at the Big Bang,” said Coan, an associate professor in the SMU Department of Physics and a member of the NOvA experiment. “Solving this riddle is likely to require many experiments to get the story correct. NOvA is a next step along what is likely to be a twisty path.”

At the heart of NOvA are its two particle detectors — gigantic machines of plastic and electronic arrays, one at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago and the other in Ash River, Minn. near the Canadian border.

Designed and engineered by about a hundred U.S. and international scientists, NOvA is managed by Fermilab. NOvA’s detectors and its particle accelerator officially start up the end of October.

“There are essentially zero leaks,” Coan said. “This was a bit of a surprise. It guarantees that critical electronics won’t be damaged by leaking oil and that the detector will be highly efficient for detecting the neutrinos we aim at it.”

One of the largest and most powerful neutrino experiments in the world, NOvA is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. It has the world’s most powerful beam of neutrinos, is the most powerful accelerator neutrino experiment ever built in the United States, and is the longest distance neutrino experiment in the world.

Coan, a co-convener of NOvA’s calibration and alignment group, guides a crew of international scientists who handle responsibility for understanding the response of NOvA’s detector when it is struck by neutrinos.

“The detector has been behaving extremely well,” Coan said, noting NOvA scientists were delighted by the machine’s successful performance during testing after five years of construction.

Neutrino beam will travel near speed of light

Central to the detector are its rectangular plastic tubes staggered in horizontal and vertical layers. As neutrinos strike the oil-filled plastic tubes, the interaction makes the oil — liquid scintillator — faintly glow and creates various particles.

Special green fiberoptic cables in the plastic tubes transmit the faint glow from the liquid scintillator to photosensors at one end of each tube, where the light is converted to bursts of electricity which in turn are sent to nearby computers.

“We don’t actually see the neutrinos,” Coan said. “We see the particles that are the after-party — the final state particles produced by the neutrinos after they strike the detector.”

The process begins when NOvA’s underground accelerator near Chicago shoots a beam of neutrinos at nearly the speed of light to the particle detectors. Plans call for the accelerator to run for six years or more, stopping only occasionally for maintenance breaks.

“This is a long process,” Coan said. “That is uncommon in our modern culture where we tend to expect quick results. But it will take time for us to capture enough data to do all the science we want to do. It will take years. In a couple weeks Fermilab will start bringing the beam back — which is a more complicated process than just pushing a few buttons and starting it up.”

Scientists hope to discover the properties of neutrinos

NOvA’s purpose is to capture a significant volume of data to allow scientists to draw conclusions about the properties of neutrinos. Those properties may hold answers to the nature of matter, energy, space and time, and lead to understanding the origins of the universe.

Specifically, Coan said, NOvA physicists want to know how different types of neutrinos morph from one kind to another, the probability for that to occur, the relative weight of neutrinos, and the difference in behavior between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos.

NOvA’s particle detectors were both constructed within the neutrino beam sent from Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., to northern Minnesota. The 300-ton near detector observes the neutrinos as they embark on their journey through the earth, with no tunnel needed. The 14,000-ton far detector spots those neutrinos after their 500-mile trip, and allows scientists to analyze how they change over that long distance.

Construction on NOvA’s two massive neutrino detectors began in 2009. The Department of Energy in September said construction of the experiment was completed, on schedule and under budget.

Scientists predict detectors will catch only a few neutrinos a day

For the next six years, Fermilab will send tens-of thousands of billions of neutrinos every second in a beam aimed at both detectors, and scientists expect to catch only a few each day in the far detector, so rarely do neutrinos interact with matter.

From this data, scientists hope to learn more about how and why neutrinos change between one type and another. The three types, called flavors, are the muon, electron and tau neutrino. Over longer distances, neutrinos can flip between these flavors.

NOvA is specifically designed to study muon neutrinos changing into electron neutrinos. Unraveling this mystery may help scientists understand why the universe is composed of matter, and why that matter was not annihilated by antimatter after the Big Bang.

Scientists also will probe the still-unknown masses of the three types of neutrinos in an attempt to determine which is the heaviest.

“Neutrino research is an important part of the worldwide particle physics program,” said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer.

First results expected in 2015

The far detector in Minnesota is believed to be the largest free-standing plastic structure in the world, at 200 feet long, 50 feet high and 50 feet wide. Both detectors are constructed from PVC, and filled with the scintillating liquid that gives off light. The data acquisition system creates 3-D pictures of the interactions for scientists to analyze.

The NOvA far detector in Ash River saw its first long-distance neutrinos in November 2013.

“Building the NOvA detectors was a wide-ranging effort that involved hundreds of people in several countries,” said Gary Feldman, co-spokesperson of the NOvA experiment.

The NOvA collaboration comprises 208 scientists from 38 institutions in the United States, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Greece, India, Russia and the United Kingdom. The experiment receives funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies.

NOvA stands for NuMI Off-Axis Electron Neutrino Appearance. NuMI is itself an acronym, standing for Neutrinos from the Main Injector, Fermilab’s flagship accelerator.

A memory submitted by R.B. Drennan, Class of 1980

My SMU faculty memory:
Dr. Tom Fomby was my professor for Econ 1311 in the spring of 1976. He superior ability to teach complex concepts in microeconomics in a clear and meaningful fashion motivated me to consider a major in economics. I took several other classes from Dr. Fomby and regularly looked to him for advice and counsel throughout my time at SMU. Dr. Fomby further motivated and inspired me to consider an academic career and I eventually earned a PhD at the Wharton School. I now am a tenured faculty member in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. Fomby played an extraordinary role in my career and the influence I have on my current students is directly attributable to him. I am extremely grateful for his guidance while a student…..and I still look to him regularly for advice even today.

A memory submitted by Paula Hayes, Class of 1984

Dr. John Peavy delivered the fundamentals of finance to all his students in the most interesting and pragmatic way.  The excitement he garnered from his students was energizing.  Dr. Peavy was the finest teacher at SMU.

Only Professor Jim Collins could make MIS one of the most enjoyable classes in the business school!  Everyone looked forward to his classes as he motivated each and every student to push beyond their own expectations!

A memory submitted by Francile Ehricht

As one of the oldest alums still living, you may find this interesting.  John, my husband, and I met on SMU campus. We married in June of 1942. After he served in WWII as a Finance Officer in the 102nd Infantry Division, we returned to Dallas. He really appreciated the teachers in the Accounting Department. I felt that I had learned a great deal in Arthur Smith’s Economics class. I also still remember some of his teaching techniques today.

The Department of Anthropology celebrates its Golden Jubilee

In fall 1964, professors Fred Wendorf and Ron Wetherington brought the discipline of anthropology to SMU. This year, the University celebrates the Department of Anthropology’s Golden Jubilee.

Today, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees focusing on four subfields: Archaeology, Cultural/Social Anthropology, Anthropological Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology.

Its graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology and doctoral programs in Anthropological Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology (with concentrations in Globalization and International Development and Global Health/Medical Anthropology).

The department also offers an undergraduate major in Health and Society and four minors: Archaeology, Biomedical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Regional Ethnography.

Celebratory events began Sept. 4-6 with the arrival of geoarchaeologist Fekri Hassan ’71, ’73, from his native Egypt. Hassan, whose research brings an archaeological perspective to the contemporary challenges of global climate change and food security, was named the 2014 Wendorf Distinguished Scholar by the Department of Anthropology in SMU’s Dedman College.

Professor Ron Wetherington says that Hassan, an expert on cultural heritage management and the origins of Egyptian civilization, was the unanimous choice as this year’s speaker. The prestigious series is named for Wendorf, Professor Emeritus and Henderson-Morrison Chair in Anthropology. Fekri was one of Professor Wendorf’s first graduate students and participated in his Nile Valley project.

“I cherish those formative years when you all contributed to opening up the magic box of anthropology with all its dazzling colors, hues, and temptations in front of my eyes,” Hassan wrote to Wetherington upon receiving the invitation to deliver the Wendorf Lecture. “It was a life-changing experience, not just on a professional level, but on a profound human level, and I am indebted to you and those who showed a special caring for me during these early days.”

The year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of anthropology’s introduction to the University curriculum will continue through summer 2015. The SMU Department of Anthropology has put together a full schedule of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary:

Golden Jubilee Schedule

Of Note: Outstanding SMU Anthropology Faculty and Students, Past and Present

Lewis Binford’s Legacy of Change and Innovation

David Meltzer Voted Into National Academy of Sciences

SMU Anthropologist Sunday Eiselt: How Invisibility Saved New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache

SMU Anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris: Tribe, Urban Poor Supply Insight Into Diabetes

Fekri Hassan ’71 ’73 Lecture Launches SMU Anthropology’s Golden Jubilee

Digging Archaeology with Fred Wendorf

Metin Eren: Archaeologist Recreates Stone-Age Technology

Analyzing circadian rhythms

Business Insider Science Editor Jennifer Walsh tapped the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. Her article, “Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep,” published May 19.

Zoltowski’s lab at SMU studies one of the many proteins involved in an organism’s circadian clocks. Called a photoreceptor, the protein responds to light to predict time of day and season by measuring day length.

The circadian clock is an internal biological mechanism that responds to light, darkness and temperature in a natural 24-hour biological cycle. The clock synchronizes body systems with the environment to regulate everything from sleep patterns and hunger in humans to growth patterns and flowering in plants.

“Our research focuses on understanding the chemical basis for how organisms perceive their surroundings and use light as an environmental cue to regulate growth and development,” Zoltowski says.

Zoltowski and the American Chemical Society created a video explaining the light-sleep deprivation relationship.


Business Insider

Lab website

Decoding contemporary politics

Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, is frequently called upon by reporters for his astute observations of state and national politics. Reporters love him for the time he takes with them, the ideas he offers — which often lead to more stories — and the way he takes complex issues and puts them into easy-to-understand historical frameworks, expressed by a seasoned writer and speaker. Both The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News have profiled him as one of Texas’ top political experts.

As a scholar of American politics, Cal shares his knowledge of how government and politics work, in particular the development of American institutions and ideas and how they continue to shape national debates. He earned a doctorate in government and politics in 1979 from the University of Maryland and has been teaching about American politics since 1976. Since moving to Texas in the mid-1990s, he has charted the Republican and assessed the prospects of a return to competitiveness of the Democratic Party. He has written extensively on U.S. and Texas. On the international side, Cal is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1996 to 2001, he was chair of the SMU Political Science Department and directed the Tower Center for Political Studies, which examines domestic politics and national security issues.

In addition to his classic book, Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries, Jillson is the author of two popular government texts. American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (Routledge, 2015) is now in its eighth edition, and Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State (Routledge, 2015) is currently in its fifth edition. His other books include Congressional Dynamics (Stanford University Press, 1994), New Perspectives on American Politics (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1994) and The Dynamics of American Politics (Westview Press, 1994). All deal with the origins of American legislatures and with the health and performance of contemporary American political institutions.

His most recent book, Lone Star Tarnished, on the shortcomings of Texas public policy, has just appeared in a new edition.


Christian Science Monitor

Cal Jillson, Dedman, what if Republicans take over the Senate?

International Business Times

Cal Jillson, Dedman, what does Rick Perry indictment mean?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cal Jillson, Dedman, in the Governor’s race, Davis still running but won’t beat Abbott

A memory submitted by Kellie Prinz Johnson, Class of 1996

My SMU faculty memory:
This isn’t a memory so much as just a testimonial. My three favorite professors during my time at SMU were Dennis Simon, Brad Carter, and Joe Kobylka. I still remember tidbits of various lectures and quotes from all three of them. I named my oldest son (Jacob Carter Johnson) after Dr. Carter. I write extensively in my job and attribute much of my writing skills to their critiques of my many poli sci papers. And, best of all, I still keep in touch with all three of them and consider them dear friends.

A memory submitted by Kellie Prinz Johnson, Class of 1996

My SMU faculty memory:
Almost every day I’m rushing to get my kids to school on time. Sadly, we’re tardy more than we should be – thankfully it’s usually just a minute or two, but still… Every single time we’re late, I think of Dr. Bradley Kent Carter. I took every poli sci class he taught, and he was the University Marshall when I graduated. More than once I heard him talk of the “Mustang Mystique.” He often wondered how SMU grads made it in the “real world” and if we continued to be late for work like we were always late for class. Well, Dr. Carter, we are just as late in the “real world” as we were at SMU, but thankfully our SMU education provides us great jobs so we can mostly get away with it. 🙂

A memory submitted by Kathryn Reynolds, Class of 2005

My SMU faculty memory:
They say that college is supposed to be four of the best years of your life, and my four years at SMU definitely were. The education I received and the experiences provided were just incredible. While I had many great professors, one particular individual stands out above the rest, Dr. Barbara Morganfield. I took three different classes from Dr. Morganfield and each one exceeded my expectations. She provided opportunities to take what she taught us into the real world, which was very enlightening. No other teacher I had related to students better than Dr. Morganfield. She was my professor, but she was also a friend. To this day, when I visit the campus, I always make sure to go and visit my favorite professor, and I know that I can always get in touch with her if I have a question or dilemma. Dr. Morganfield was a mentor who made my time at SMU an unforgettable one.

Scholarship at the intersection of healthcare and the law

SMU Dedman School of Law Associate Dean of Research Nathan Cortez says the FDA is woefully understaffed to review thousands of new health apps.

Professor Cortez teaches and writes in the areas of health law, administrative law, and FDA law with a focus on emerging markets in health care and biotechnology. He is one of the world’s leading legal scholars on medical tourism, patient mobility, and cross-border health insurance.
His research also addresses mobile health technologies, how to regulate innovations that disrupt static regulatory regimes, the First Amendment restraints on FDA regulation (including FDA’s graphic tobacco warnings), immigration federalism, and alternative modes of regulation.


New England Journal of Medicine

Live Science

Shining a light on dark matter

Experimental Particles Physicist Jodi Cooley researches what once was sounded like science fiction; the search for dark matter.

Scientists have begun research and design and are building prototypes for the next-generation SuperCDMS, known by its full name as the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. It will be located at SNOLAB, an existing underground science laboratory in Ontario, Canada, according to Cooley, a SuperCDMS scientist.
Cooley heads the dark matter project team at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and is the lead scientist on the SuperCDMS experiments. She has won numerous awards for her research including an Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation and the Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.


Jodi Cooley Research

Second Generation Dark Matter Experiment Coming Snolab

NSF Career Award

Light on dark matter

SMU CDMS home page

About Jodi Cooley (bio)

About the SMU Department of Physics

A memory submitted by Laura Veresh Lind, Class of 2003

I truly believe the SMU faculty are some of the best in the world and their commitment to the students makes SMU more than a simple university…it was a family. For me, the term “faculty” encompasses not just the professors, who were all wonderful, but also those who support the students in other capacities. Together they shaped me and helped change my life for the better.

Some of my favorite memories include:

  • Listening to any of Dr. Alessandra Comini’s riveting lectures. She always made art history in the 19th century come alive, combining the love of music, history of the time period, and accompanying art
  • Talking about life with Joy Richardson, Carol Porter and other faculty members before classes started in the Art History Department, Communications Department, and in the Office of New Student Programs
  • Visiting the new Meadows Museum with Dr. Pamela Patton and seeing the rare books in the library
  • Learning about classical cultures in Europe and New York with Dr. Karl Kilinski, Dr. Melissa Dowling, Dr. Greg Warden, Dr. Paula Lemmon and the other students
  • Talking with Dr. Rita Kirk and Kathy LaTour about whether or not to accept a job opportunity in Washington, DC that would change my life.I accepted it and my career skyrocketed thanks to their advice
  • Working with Claudia Khami, Brandon Miller, Deanie Kepler, Carol Porter, and Arlene Manthey to create orientation events and activities for incoming students. The incredible opportunities they gave me early in my SMU career gave me skills that I was able to apply immediately in the workforce
  • Seeing the unwavering devotion and support that the faculty members gave not only to me, but to other students before, during, and after their SMU tenure

A memory submitted by Talbot Davis

My father, Harvey Davis, was on the faculty of the Law School from shortly after World War II until his retirement in 1977. Although I did not go either to college or seminary at SMU, he nevertheless instilled a lifelong loyalty to and passion for all things Mustang in me and in my siblings. When he died at the age of 95 in 2006, we played “Varsity” at his memorial service.

Honored as medieval master and mentor

Television producers and academicians have one person in common when they need an expert on medieval romance (especially Arthurian) and Chaucer.

They turn to Dr. Bonnie Wheeler in SMU’s English Department. And many a student, trying to fill a requirement, has found himself or herself enthralled by Wheeler’s dynamic teaching style.

In addition to Arthurian romance and Chaucer, Dr. Wheeler’s major interests include gender studies and pedagogy. A frequent historical and literary consultant for A&E, the History Channel and the BBC, she was also selected as a “Great Teacher” for the distinguished Teaching Company.

Dr. Wheeler is highly esteemed for her academic expertise. But she has gained some of her greatest admirers in her role as teacher and role model – especially among the students and colleagues she has mentored and supported. An international committee of professional colleagues and friends founded the Bonnie Wheeler Fund (, which serves to support women faculty, in her honor in 2010. A festschrift in her honor – Magistra Doctissima: Essays in Honor of Bonnie Wheeler – was published in 2013.

Dr. Wheeler has received SMU’s Outstanding Teacher Award six times, and she is a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize for excellence in scholarship and teaching. She was appointed by the Medieval Academy of America to found TEAMS (Committee on Teaching Medieval Studies) and has been elected to many professional leadership positions throughout her academic career.


SMU Forum article on the festschrift (March 3, 2014)
‘Magistra doctissima’ Bonnie Wheeler honored with festschrift of essays in medieval studies

Faculty examine complex border issues

Media outlets including Bloomberg, FOX News Latino, The Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, ABC DFW and the Star-Telegram have turned to the Hilltop to better understand the history, causes and political ramifications.


Links to media

Cal Jillson, Dedman, Perry’s guard surge follows buildup along border

Faith Nibbs, Dedman, immigrant children a border or refugee crisis?

Rick Halperin, Embrey Human Rights, border crisis raises questions of morality

Zannie and Glenn Voss lead groundbreaking arts project

Dr. Zannie Voss, chair and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship in the Meadows and Cox schools, who serves as NCAR’s director and Dr. Glenn Voss, the Marilyn R. and Leo F. Corrigan, Jr. Endowed Professor of Marketing at Cox, who serves as research director are the experts behind a groundbreaking new report designed to help arts organizations.

The Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business have collaborated with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and numerous other partners to create a National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at SMU. The Center issued its inaugural report in December, 2013. The online report is free to arts organizations.

(Excerpted from an article by Victoria Winkleman, Meadows School of the Arts)

“To create the initial report, NCAR researchers integrated and analyzed data from the CDP and other national and government sources such as the Theatre Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. In doing so they created a spatial model of the arts and culture ecosystem of the United States.  The report measures performance on 8 different indices: contributed revenue, earned revenue, expenses, marketing impact, bottom line, balance sheet, community engagement, and program activity.”

“NCAR draws on the academic expertise of Meadows and Cox faculty in the fields of arts management, marketing, and statistics.

“In this first report we took a deep dive into eight of the areas of performance identified, and by studying these averages, tried to answer the question ‘all else being equal, what makes one arts organization more successful than another?’ Some of the findings were as one would expect, but we did find some surprises,” said Zannie Voss. “Perhaps more than any other industry, arts organizations are driven by managerial and artistic expertise. Being able to estimate the value of this expertise in an organization’s performance is the single most valuable result of our first study.”

“In Fall 2014, NCAR will launch an interactive dashboard, created in partnership with IBM, which will be accessible to arts organizations nationwide. Arts leaders will be able to enter information about their organizations and see how they compare to the highest performance standards in each of the eight indices for similar organizations. The website will also foster public discussion of best practices and solutions and offer a dedicated YouTube channel for video responses, as well as an online resource library with helpful tools and templates.”


(Meadows’ magazine article)


(First NCAR Report and video – released in Dec. 2013)


Zannie Voss bio:


Glenn Voss bio:

A memory submitted by Joy Berry, Class of 1995

From Day 1, literally, at SMU, my favorite professor was Dr. John McCarthy. That very first biology class proved to me that I was in the right place, surrounded by the best professors! He was so much more than a teacher to me — an advisor and an encourager for sure! And although he knew class lectures and labs and studying were worthy preparations for life after SMU, he also reminded me that life’s experiences and passions also determined- – probably more so — success and fulfillment throughout one’s lifetime. I truly have valued my friendship with him — I can’t wait for the Christmas cards each December!

A memory submitted by Merrill Reynolds, Class of 1976

I had many terrific faculty members while attending SMU, but none rank higher in my mind than Donald F. Jackson. Don was a faculty member for many years in the business school. I took countless hours of finance in numerous classes that Don taught. The memories are vivid and the experience in his classes was top rate. I would never have been as successful as I have been without the instructions, information and overall teaching skills of Don Jackson. Don not only got me to understand the power of financial investing but gave me a broad base knowledge of corporate finance, banking, and real estate as well. I have done a lot of training in my life and have always tried to emulate the delivery and enjoyment that I had witnessed in Don’s classes. He was truly one of a kind and I feel so fortunate that our paths crossed while at SMU. Still today I visit with Don routinely to discuss finance and investments. You will find no better supporters of the school than Don and Fran Jackson. As SMU honors it’s faculty I am pleased to provide my memories and best wishes to the school about Donald Jackson on its 100th birthday.

SMU Adventures is a showcase for SMU “World Changers”

One of the University’s most popular sites, SMU Adventures, is also an important component of the new “World Changers Shaped Here” campaign, which launched in 2013 as part of SMU’s centennial celebration.

The site provides an online forum for students and faculty to communicate their impact on the North Texas and global community through the University’s education abroad, service, leadership, engagement, internship and research programs. Many bloggers are top students – scholarship recipients, honors students and campus leaders. Increasingly, faculty members are asking students to participate in SMU Adventures as part of their coursework, which has added to the variety of voices and engaging entries.

Since its founding in 2005, the site has grown from a small handful of contributors to 44 individual and group blogs in 2013. Posts are frequently spotlighted on SMU Twitter and Facebook. During 2013, there were more than 28,000 visits to the Adventures site – more than 2,300 each month.

SMU Adventures highlights in 2013-14:

  • Various blogs have been featured in local and national media outlets and have contributed to media placements. Student blogs from a special course that examined the life, times and legend of JFK – taught by political science professor Dennis Simon and senior English lecturer Tom Stone in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences – were part of SMU’s extensive media coverage during the assassination anniversary in Fall 2013.
  • Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts wrote about their five weeks exploring the city, while studying London theatre history from Associate Theatre Professor Gretchen Smith in the Meadows School of the Arts and discovered the performance art of the metropolis with Dance Professor Shelley Berg.
  • Students taking Dr. David Doyle’s Honors history class, “The Founding Fathers and Slavery,” traveled to Virginia during spring break and posted about their visits to Alexandria, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington and Charlottesville, as well as presidents’ homes Mount Vernon, Monticello and Montpelier.
  • Eight students blogged from the SMU Hilltop on the Hill program in Washington, D.C., where they visited media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility.
  • In 2014, SMU observed the 10th Anniversary of its Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Students who took the eight-day bus journey visited the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. They blogged from such iconic sites as Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.

Examining the political glass ceiling

Dr. Dennis Simon

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Founding member, The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies
Dedman College of Humanities and Science
SMU’s Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science 2013 Distinguished University Citizen Award

Dr. Dennis Simon is an expert on the American presidency, presidential-congressional relations, public opinion, electoral behavior and research methodology. With more than 20 years of combined research experience, Professor Simon and co-author Barbara Palmer explored the reasons behind the continuing underrepresentation of women in Congress in their book, Women & Congressional Elections: A Century of Change.

He is also a faculty leader for the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.


Featured panelist on KERA:

Video: Civil Rights Lecture:

Tower Center bio:

Raising achievement in every school district

Dr. Lee Alvoid

Clinical Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Education Policy and Leadership
Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Training principals for new roles is key to new U.S. Department of Education school reforms, according to a new report by SMU education researchers Dr. Lee Alvoid and Dr. Wall Lesley Black, Jr. They examined school districts in the forefront of supporting and training effective principals in their recent report, “The Changing Role of the Principal: How High-Achieving Districts are Recalibrating School Leadership,” published by the Center for American Progress.

Dr. Alvoid brings a unique background to her research as a former school principal, classroom teacher and education consultant. She was named Chair of Simmons’ Department of Education Policy and Leadership in 2010. She helped develop new programs in Educational Leadership: a principal certification and three additional degrees including a M.Ed. with a specialization in urban school leadership, a specialization in higher education leadership and a Ph.D. specialization in Policy and Leadership.


SMU Research blog


Simmons Faculty Bio

SMU’s Common Reading Program brings faculty and first-years together

SMU’s Common Reading program was launched in 2004, upon recommendation by a First-Year Experience Task Force. Each year, a thought-provoking work of fiction or non-fiction is selected for small group discussions and is incorporated into the fall semester curriculum.

Senior Lecturer in English Diana Grumbles serves as the program’s director. The program is an initiative of the Provost’s Office and is also supported by the McGuire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility.

The 2014 selection is We Need New Names, by novelist NoViolet Bulawayo, who earned a Master’s Degree from SMU. In an SMU Magazine interview, Bulawayo credited faculty members David Haynes, head of SMU’s creative writing program, and Beth Newman, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, with giving her the courage to pursue her goals.


Pioneering thinking about digital security

Tyler Moore
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Lyle School of Engineering

Director, Security Economics Lab in HACNet (High Assurance Computing and Networking Labs) at SMU

Director, Economics and Social Sciences program at the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security in Lyle School of Engineering

Professor Moore’s work with digital forensics and security economics could fit right into the plot of a television drama. His expertise spans fields including the economics of information security, electronic crime and the development of policy for strengthening security. Dr. Moore has recently received international media attention for his expertise on digital currencies like Bitcoin, also known as cyber money.

Read more:

Media stories (posted on SMU Research blog):

Professor Moore’s bio:

Seeking insights into climate change

Bonnie Jacobs
Professor of Paleobotany in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Bonnie Jacobs, a noted expert in paleobotany, connects prehistoric climate and paleoecology to today’s changing climate conditions. Her research centers on the study of fossil plants, ranging in size from microscopic cells to macroscopic leaves, fruits, seeds and wood. Within paleobotany, she is researching past climate and paleoecology. Her projects have included fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and in the U. S., Texas, and New Mexico.

Professor Jacobs is currently working with SMU students to study the early history of the Great Trinity Forest in Dallas.

Read more:

The Dallas Observer on Professor Jacobs’ work with SMU students studying the Great Trinity Forest:

Professor Jacobs shares what inspired her to pursue the study of prehistoric plants for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science’s Career Inspiration Stories:

Professor Jacobs blogs for the “Scientists at Work, Notes From the Field” series in The New York Times:

Professor Jacobs profiled as one of Dallas’ Big Thinkers by D Magazine:

Bonnie Jacobs’ bio:

A memory submitted by Suzanne Cubberly Street, Class of 1954

I realize I have not been a very good alumna to “my” wonderful school! But when I read in the Spring-Summer 2014 edition of SMU Magazine, the article entitled “In A Class Of Their Own”, I felt compelled to write about the huge influence of my Number One professor during my four years at SMU. (I had several other professors who were a great influence upon me, (and still are), but those are other stories to be told later). The first class I attended with Ed Bearden was tremendous in scope; in opening up my mind; in formulating what I wanted to do the rest of my life. The subject was Life Drawing, and I am still practicing the procedures as of this day. He was able to bring out all the talents of anyone who enrolled in his classes. He inspired the student to want to draw, then draw more, then expand as far as possible. This learning procedure, of course, did not happen over night. I began his class, after my freshman year in 1950, and continued through 1954: MW 10-12 am, in Dallas Hall. He also taught my classes in oil painting, and Commercial Art. I have enclosed a brief glimpse of my latest work- which of course has the foundation of true life drawing – from gesture to contour to completed detail of the figure. And none of these drawings could have been executed without the influence of Ed Bearden.

An enriching weekend in Taos

SMU-in-Taos brings faculty to Northern New Mexico to teach academic courses for credit and the Taos Cultural Institute offers enrichment programs for alumni, friends and the Taos community.

SMU-in-Taos provides opportunities for adventurous study and research in a unique setting in Northern New Mexico. The property includes pre-Civil War Fort Burgwin and remains of a 13th-century Native American pueblo. SMU began acquiring the property in l964 and reconstructed the fort to serve as an archaeology research center. The University added facilities to accommodate students and began offering summer classes in 1973.

Each July, the Taos Cultural Institute offers a summer weekend of in-depth, hands-on exploration of topics, taught by SMU faculty members and guest teachers, which reflect the unique cultural richness, scientific contributions and recreational opportunities of Northern New Mexico.

This year’s course offerings showcase the range of faculty expertise taught in Taos.

Teaching the tactics of negotiation

Robin Pinkley, Professor of Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business

Master negotiator and expert in conflict resolution, Robin Pinkley guides students and corporate executives alike toward powerful negotiation skills.

Pinkley, professor of management and organizations, has consulted with numerous corporate and government organizations including General Electric, Yahoo! And Lockheed Martin. She has been interviewed on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and quoted in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and numerous magazines including Money, Fortune and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Professor Pinkley’s book, “Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiators’ Guide to Salary and Compensation.”


Woman’s Day magazine article

Researching technology’s impact on law

Meghan Ryan, Associate Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law

Professor Ryan brings together science, technology and criminal law and procedure. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies.

She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and has conducted scientific research at the Mayo Clinic. Ryan’s course on Law and Science helps students to understand the two disciplines in both civil and criminal contexts. The course examines the roles of law and science in areas such as the science of causation, scientific error rates, and breakthroughs in neuroscience.

Recently, Professor Ryan provided commentary on public radio regarding the April 29, 2014, botched lethal injection execution of a death row inmate in McAlester, Oklahoma.


Ryan’s article on Quick Teaching Tips

Meghan Ryan, Dedman Law, drug challenges failing to halt executions

Combining Musicianship and Scholarship

C. Michael Hawn not only serves as director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology, he reaches the wider community through his innovative music leadership and his writing on the powerful impact of hymn composing and singing.

Professor Hawn led a summer 2013 immersion course in Taize, France where students visited sacred sites such as the Taize community, Notre Dame, Cluny and Chartres to understand the sites’ rich contributions to Christian worship and music.

In 2010, Hawn updated the traditional SMU Christmas Worship Service to offer, in his words, “a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world.” Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets joined the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

To learn more, please visit:

Christmas Worship

Taize, France Immersion blog

Perspectives magazine article on hymn singing by C. Michael Hawn

Faculty bio

Prize Winning Art History

Pamela Patton, professor and chair of art history at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, won the 2014 Eleanor Tufts Book Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies for her recent book, Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain.

The national Tufts Award honors a distinguished book, written in English, on the history of art or architecture in Iberia. Professor Patton writes and teaches about the art and architecture of medieval Iberia; art of the medieval courts; and ethnicity, religion, and identity in medieval Europe.

In December 2013, Patton provided expertise for an NPR discussion on the topic of “The Brown Faces in Medieval Art” which examined how skin color was depicted in works of that time.

To learn more, please visit:

Tufts Award


Faculty bio

A memory submitted by Patrick Yack, Class of 1974

I had many great teachers — and I use the word teacher for a reason — at SMU.

My two favorite professors were Robert Mann, who led the journalism department and Kenneth Carroll, who taught religion.

Kenneth gave me the appreciation for lifelong learning and the encouragement to seek it.

Bob taught me how to drive his 1973 4-speed Alfa Romeo.

A memory submitted by George Burke, Class of 1970

I admired the recent issue describing favorite faculty. My favorite was Dr. Kenneth Carroll, who taught Religion and made it relevant. He became my mentor, as I followed in his footsteps as a professor at Texas State for 25 years. I recently retired as a full professor, having received teaching awards. I attribute this success to the love of teaching, exemplified by my SMU professors, including Dr. Carroll.

Creating worldwide health initiatives

Eric G. Bing, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Bing is a professor of global health in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU. He has a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute as senior fellow and director of global health.

Dr. Bing has developed and managed global health programs in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, including HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Rwanda, Angola, Nigeria, Namibia, Belize and Jamaica. For his efforts he was awarded the Alfred Haynes International Health Leadership Award in 2002, named in 2006 a Paul G. Rogers International Health Research Ambassador from Research! America and named 2010 Professor of the Year at Charles Drew University.

During summer 2012, SMU students joined Bing in renovating a clinic for the screening and treatment of cervical cancer in Zambia.

Dr. Bing gave the Convocation Address at the 2014 Honors Convocation, calling on students to “find your North Star . . . and let it shine.”

Dr. Bing will read from his book Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty on July 24, 1:30 pm, at the Lochwood Branch Library in Dallas as part of the SMU Summer Author Series.

See Professor Bing’s Convocation Speech:

Learn more about Professor Bing’s new book.

Outstanding Teachers Honored

Three of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence at the quarterly Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 8, 2014.

This year’s honorees include Jaime Clark-Soles, New Testament, Perkins School of Theology; Michael Lattman, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paige Ware, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Thomas Carr, Mathematics, Dedman College; Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts; Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College; and Luis Maldonado-Peña, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish), Dedman College.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. “These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE website. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.” The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

About this year’s honored professors:

Jaime Clark-Soles has been a member of the faculty of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology since 2001. She received her Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the New Testament, and she is an internationally recognized interpreter of the gospel of John. She shares ideas about good teaching practices nationally and internationally through projects such as “Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools,” a collaborative project involving participants from North American seminaries and divinity schools. Her past honors include a 2010 Ford Research Fellowship. “Wherever she goes and whatever she does, Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is a compelling teacher,” wrote Perkins Dean William Lawrence in his nomination letter.

Michael Lattman received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the City College of New York and has been a member of SMU’s Department of Chemistry since 1979. He has earned praise from his peers for preparing students at every level to succeed – teaching upper-level undergraduate courses as well as more than 100 students every year in General Chemistry, and advising and mentoring students in the Department of Chemistry’s Ph.D. program. He is the recipient of multiple Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence (HOPE) Awards, presented by student staff members in Residence Life and Student Housing to professors who “have made a significant impact to our academic education both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Paige Ware received her Ph.D. in education, language, literacy and culture from the University of California-Berkeley. She is the incoming chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and has been instrumental in designing programs for preparing teachers to work with learners of English as a second language. She also mentors faculty colleagues and makes presentations at programs sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. In 2013-14, she co-chaired an SMU committee studying online course options for University undergraduates. In 2013, she received the Distinguished University Citizen Award, given by the Provost’s Office for service and activities that benefit students and the University’s academic mission.

A memory submitted by Julianne Furman, Class of 1989

I often wonder what happened to Dr. Anna Marie Carr. She inspired in me a love of art, architecture and literature, that has shaped my life. When speaking of soaring gothic cathedral ceilings, she literally rose up on the tips of her toes. This image has stayed with me, and this love for art and architecture inspired me as well and gave a different dimension to my life and the way I look at beautiful buildings and artwork.

A memory submitted by Kasi Zieminski, Class of 2006

Advertising Professor Alice Kendrick is a faculty member who truly makes a difference in the lives of her students. I was a research assistant for her the spring semester of my senior year, when my mother suddenly passed away. Dr. Kendrick went above and beyond for me, making sure my other Meadows professors knew my situation, connecting me with advertising alumni in my job search in San Francisco, and even hosting a graduation party for me and my family. We’ve been friends ever since, and I will always be so grateful for her support during that difficult time.

A memory submitted by David Persky, Class of 1972

Dr. Sam Zimmerman (Spanish) was the faculty adviser for Kappa Sigma and he was always available when I needed someone to talk with about deciding on a major. He suggested I try Social Science and it was great idea and one of the smartest moves I made in my career at SMU. I have never regretted my decision and it helped lay the groundwork for my later career choices. Thank you, Dr. Z!

A memory submitted by Rene Martinez, Class of 1969

Dr. Conchita Winn, Chair of the Spanish department, made me focus on becoming fluent in Spanish, being able to read, write, and learn to communicate in both languages. She told me that some day I would use my bilingual abilities to help others in the community and boy was she right. Her “partners in crime,” Dr. Barbara Reagan and Dr. Betty Maynard, also helped shape my leadership skills to allow me to become involved within the community before I even had graduated in 1969. Great strong women that became lifelong mentors.

A memory submitted by Shanna Caughey, Class of 2001

Dr. Trysh Travis (English) was not only an incredible mentor and advisor — she also taught me to write, and how to think in new ways. I firmly believe that I would have never become a successful book editor without her influence and guidance throughout my four years in undergrad. Her wit, humor, and heart challenged us to engage the coursework and each other with thoughtful academic rigor.

I am deeply grateful for her leadership, pedagogical prowess, and passion for spurring vibrant discourse.

A memory submitted by Sarah Shaw, Class of 2007

I took every class that I could taught by now assistant-provost Linda Eads. Now, I’m always in attendance when she speaks on or moderates a panel (which is frequently). She lit up every classroom with her infectious love of the law and her way of digging into the most tangled up ethical dilemmas. It was a true joy to be taught and molded by Linda Eads.

Researching educational innovations

Study offers hope for all struggling readers after large sample of special education students and students with low IQ significantly improved their reading ability over several academic years

The findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability.

The study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind to demonstrate the reading potential of students with intellectual disability or low IQ, said lead author Jill H. Allor, principal investigator of the study, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The researchers found that students with intellectual disability who participated in four years of persistent, specialized instruction successfully learned to read at a first-grade level or higher.

“This study proves that we should never give up on anyone. It raises expectations for all children,” Allor said. “Traditionally the focus of instruction for students with intellectual disability has been functional skills, such as how to manage their personal hygiene, do basic chores around the house or simple work skills. This study raises academic expectations as well.”

The study demonstrates there’s hope for every struggling reader, said Allor, a reading researcher whose expertise is reading acquisition. The study’s implications can be life-changing for non-readers and struggling readers.

“If these children, and any other struggling readers, can learn to read, that means they can go grocery shopping with a shopping list, read the labels on boxes and cans, and read basic instructions,” Allor said. “Even minimal reading skills can lead to a more independent life and improved job opportunities.”

The findings indicate a critical need for more research to determine ways to streamline and intensify instruction for these students, said Allor, whose research focuses on preventing reading failure among struggling readers.

“This study demonstrates the potential of students with intellectual disability or low IQ to achieve meaningful literacy goals,” said Allor. “And it also clearly demonstrates the persistence and intensity needed to help children with low IQs learn to read.”

Students identified with intellectual disability account for nearly one in every 100 public school students, according to the study, which cites the U.S. Department of Education. Of those identified with intellectual disability who do graduate, most don’t receive a diploma, only a certificate of completion, said the study’s authors, all from Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

“This article is a call for boldness and the redoubling of our efforts to truly teach all children to read,” said the authors.

The researchers report the findings, “Is scientifically based reading instruction effective for students with below-average IQs?” in the journal Exceptional Children, published by the Council of Exceptional Children.

The study was funded with a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Allor, professor in the department of teaching and learning in the SMU Simmons School, was principal investigator.

Successful instruction relied on proven, scientific-based teaching method

For the study, a group of 141 children was divided into two groups. One group of 76 children received the reading intervention. A group of 65 children was taught in a business-as-usual instructional environment, which included various amounts of reading instruction and methods.

The children in the intervention group were taught reading 40 to 50 minutes a day in intensive small group settings of one to four students per teacher. Teachers used “Early Interventions in Reading,” a proven curriculum designed by SMU reading specialist and study co-author Patricia G. Mathes and Allor.

Most of the students entered the study around the age of 7 and variously were identified with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Williams syndrome or a physical disability. All of the students had the ability to speak.

IQs of the students in the study ranged from 40 to 80. IQ scores in the range of 85 to 115 are considered to be average.

Instruction was provided by six teachers certified in special education and four part-time teachers certified in general education. Teaching experience ranged from five years to 35 years.

After four years of the specialized teaching the researchers found that students with mild or moderate intellectual disability could independently read at the first-grade level, and some even higher.

Students receiving the specialized instruction significantly outperformed the comparison group on a variety of key reading tests.

Scientifically based reading program put to the test

The current study also demonstrates the effectiveness of a teaching method that’s scientifically based for use with children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ, said Allor.

Mathes and Allor, former special education teachers, developed the study’s reading program after research into how children with special needs learn.

Teachers providing the intervention received extensive support and training, the authors said. That included multi-day professional development training on curriculum implementation, monthly meetings with the research team to address instructional and behavioral issues, and instructional support from reading coaches who previously taught the intervention.

The program, previously validated with struggling readers without intellectual disability or low IQ, included a series of brief activities that increased in difficulty that were geared toward phonological awareness, letter knowledge and sounds, sounding out and sight words.

Fluency was developed from repeated reading in unison to paired reading and independent timed reading, the authors said. Comprehension activities included strategies for both listening and reading comprehension.

Students used provided materials that included word cards, small readers and activity pages to play reading games or to read aloud with someone else.

IQ is generally considered a predictor of learning ability, but in this study with students who are intellectually disabled or low IQ, the results showed that IQ didn’t always predict academic achievement. Although generally students with higher IQs improved more quickly, there were many individual cases where a student with a lower IQ outperformed a student with a higher IQ, Allor said.

Coauthors were Patricia Mathes, TI Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Education and a professor in the Simmons School; J. Kyle Roberts; Jennifer P. Cheatham, research associate; and Stephanie Al Otaiba, professor.

The research will continue under a new $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant, led by Allor, principal investigator on the grant. Stephanie Al Otaiba and Paul Yovanoff, both professors in SMU’s new special education program, are co-investigators on the new grant.

New Insights in Southwest History

The new book by Southwest historian Andrew R. Graybill tells the story of a Montana family of mixed native-white ancestry and the changing notions of racial identity in the West between 1850-1950.

Outstanding Researchers Recognized

Four distinguished SMU scholars were named 2014 Ford Research Fellows at the meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8. This year’s recipients are Anthony Colangelo, Dedman School of Law; Dieter Cremer, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Alexis McCrossen, History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Alyce McKenzie, Preaching and Worship, Perkins School of Theology.

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

Anthony Colangelo, associate professor in Dedman School of Law, is an internationally renowned scholar in public and private international law and U.S. foreign relations law. He is a pioneer on issues of extraterritorial jurisdiction – assertions of legal power outside territorial borders. Numerous federal appellate and U.S. district courts have relied on his scholarship or adopted his theories in addressing international issues that include: extraterritorial application of U.S. law implementing the U.N. Torture Convention to the case of Chuckie Taylor, son of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor; the exercise of U.S. jurisdiction over claims by South African plaintiffs against corporations alleged to have been complicit in apartheid-era abuses by the South African government; challenges to U.S. Military Commission jurisdiction by Salim Hamdan (Osama bin Laden’s driver); claims against international financial institutions for financing terrorism in the Middle East; piracy off the coast of Somalia; U.S. jurisdiction over drug trafficking on the high seas; and choice of law regarding U.S. military contractors in Iraq. His articles have appeared in top law journals and both U.S. and foreign books on international law.

Dieter Cremer, professor of chemistry in Dedman College and director of SMU’s Computational and Theoretical Chemistry Group (CATCO), is an internationally recognized leader in the field of computational chemistry. His research ranges from the development of state-of-the-art computational methods and computer programs to their application to societal problems. His recent work focuses on computer design of new catalysts to use the greenhouse gas CO2 as chemical feedstock, as well as of cleaner molecules that can pick up toxic heavy metals such as mercury or lead from industrial waste-waters. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles in high-ranking journals, more than 50 of which he published since he joined SMU four years ago. He has presented his research at nearly 200 international conferences, and 18 of the 60 graduate and postgraduate students he has supervised to date have become professors at universities around the world.

Alexis McCrossen, professor of history in the William P. Clements Department of History, is a distinguished cultural historian of 19th-century America and a specialist in temporal markers, consumer culture, and cultural institutions. She has written dozens of articles on these topics, and her most significant publications have focused on the American celebration of Sunday in Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday (2001, Cornell University Press), and on the development of time-consciousness in American life in Marking Modern Times: A History of Clocks, Watches, and Other Timekeepers in American Life (2013, University of Chicago Press), supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A volume she edited, Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands (2009, Duke University Press), is a collection of papers produced by a Clements Center for Southwest Studies symposium she organized and to which she contributed important chapters. Her new research project explores how Americans have celebrated New Year’s Eve. McCrossen’s expertise has been recognized most recently with her selection by the Organization of American Historians as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

Alyce McKenzie, LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship in Perkins School of Theology, is renowned as a scholar not only in the theory and practice of preaching but also in the wisdom literature of the Bible. Her scholarship has contributed to reshaping the intellectual interpretations of “words to the wise” and to defining the way that homiletics can be taught. Her published works are used as standard texts in graduate preaching courses and have functioned as continuing education resources for professionals in the field. In addition, McKenzie has been elected by her peers as president of the Academy of Homiletics. In the 2013-14 academic year, she was selected for a Lilly Endowment grant that will establish a Center for Preaching Excellence at Perkins School of Theology, which will explore new ways to teach preaching effectively. In addition, McKenzie has been recruited to lead innovative continuing education programs across the country.

Commencement traditions

Commencement Weekend at SMU is a mixture of time-honored practice and modern refinements, from the custom regalia to the Rotunda Recessional. Here is a roundup of the traditions and symbols that make up the University’s 21st-century approach to these ancient ceremonies.


Baccalaureate Service for Undergraduate Candidates

The Baccalaureate Service is a religious ceremony held in McFarlin Auditorium the Friday evening before May Commencement Convocation. This is a small and intimate service that features a special sermon for undergraduate candidates and their guests.

Wearing full regalia, candidates process into McFarlin and are seated together. Weather permitting, students line up on the Main Quad in the order of their arrival.

Rotunda Recessional

The Rotunda Recessional follows the Baccalaureate Service. Undergraduate candidates, led by faculty and alumni marshals, march through the front doors of Dallas Hall, across its Rotunda and around to the University’s Main Quad. This tradition marks the new graduates’ symbolic departure from the Hilltop and welcomes them into their new phase of membership in the SMU community – their lives as alumni.

The march is a bookend to another symbolic tradition, the Rotunda Passage. Before Opening Convocation, held the day before their first day of classes as first-years, students process through the back doors of Dallas Hall, across the Rotunda and onto the Main Quad as new members of the SMU student body.

Commencement Convocation

On Saturday morning, the all-University May Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs in Moody Coliseum. Students and faculty, dressed in full academic regalia, march to the ceremony to processional music.

Doctoral candidates and honorary degree recipients are hooded, Commencement speakers address our newest class of candidates, and the University president confers degrees. At the conclusion of the ceremony, “Varsity” is played and a prayer is said for the new alumni.

Diploma Presentation Ceremonies

Wearing full academic regalia, graduates are individually recognized in school or departmental ceremonies.



The wearing of regalia during graduation is a custom that dates to the 12th century and the early universities of Europe. These universities did not have their own buildings when they were first established and conducted their studies in nearby churches. A typical scholar, whether teacher or student, had himself taken religious orders, so academic dress of the time echoed that of the clergy, including traditional black clerical robes. (Historians believe the robes and hoods may also have been needed to keep warm in these unheated and often drafty buildings.)

This apparel became more widely adopted when gowns were established as the official dress of academics in 1321. Later, universities created variations of the gowns and hoods to differentiate among various grades of scholars.

In 1895, representatives of U.S. institutions established the Intercollegiate Commission to standardize the practice of academic dress among American colleges and universities. These guidelines are called the Intercollegiate Code of Academic Costume, or the Intercollegiate Code for short. The most recent revision took place in 1986.

Bachelor’s Candidates

SMU undergraduate regalia includes a blue mortarboard cap with tassel, a blue robe and a red “Stole of Gratitude,” to be kept by the new graduate after the robe is returned, and traditionally presented to an individual who had a profound influence on his or her education. Scholars believe that the mortarboard was adapted from the biretta, a similar-looking hat worn by Roman Catholic clergy, which was used in the 14th and 15th centuries to identify students, artists and other “learned youth.” Tassels are worn on the right side of the mortarboard until students are instructed during the ceremony to move them to the left. This ritual of “turning the tassel” symbolizes the candidate’s transition from student to graduate. Tassel colors signify the disciplines in which bachelor’s degrees have been earned.

Master’s Candidates

Master’s candidate attire includes a blue mortarboard with tassel, a blue master’s robe and a hood, which the candidate either rents or purchases and wears to the ceremony. The tabbed sleeves of the master’s robe echo the square-cut tail, or liripipe, of a traditional master’s or doctoral hood. The length of the hood and the width of its velvet trim indicate the academic achievement level of the wearer, while the trim’s color indicates the discipline in which the degree was earned. The color of the hood’s satin lining signifies the institution awarding the degree.

Ph.D. and Other Doctoral Candidates

Proper regalia for SMU’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Engineering (D.E.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) candidates includes a blue doctoral robe with three red velvet chevrons on each sleeve and an eight-sided red tam with a gold doctoral tassel. Hoods are placed on doctoral candidates during the ceremony when their degrees are awarded. The doctoral hood is a gift from the University to the student.

SMU Trustees

The dark red Trustees gown includes one velvet chevron on each bell sleeve and velvet panels down the front and around the neck. A Trustee’s hood with a squared bottom is attached to the gown.


The Presidential Collar and Medallion

Chains, or collars, were used as badges of office during the Middle Ages. Today, they are custom-designed metal necklaces worn by university presidents as part of their regalia during academic ceremonies.

The collar designed for President R. Gerald Turner is made of bronze, and its medallion is dominated by the University seal as it appears in the floor of the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, SMU’s historic first building. The seal represents the president’s responsibility to the sound education of each and every student.

The bail, which joins the medallion to the chain, represents the bond between the student body and the faculty. The chain and its clasp represent the joining of the desire to teach and the eagerness to learn demonstrated by SMU’s faculty and students.

The University Mace

Staffs that call groups to order are as old as civilization itself. Today’s ceremonial maces descend from the medieval armor-piercing club topped by a bludgeoning ball. These weapons swiftly acquired symbolic meaning; by the 14th century, a mace carried at the front of a formal procession required bystanders to note the authority and integrity of the event. By the 16th century, the spiked heads had evolved into decorative orbs.

The tradition evolved among European universities to present maces, which symbolized their protective power and independence, on solemn occasions. SMU’s mace-bearer, the president of the Faculty Senate, leads formal processions carrying this reminder of the university’s history and status.

The 22-pound mace currently in use at SMU is linked to the inauguration of President Willis M. Tate (1954-72) and is now known as the Tate Mace. The 57-inch staff features a 10½-inch orb that represents the University’s worldly authority and echoes its neoclassical architectural style. The orb is impressed with the SMU seal and encircled with its motto, Veritas Liberabit Vos (“The truth shall make you free”). Surmounting the orb is a cross painted in SMU red, a reminder of the University’s religious heritage.

(History based on a citation prepared by Bonnie Wheeler, associate professor of English and director of Medieval Studies)

The Howard Lantern

The Howard Lantern is dedicated to the late Professor Lorn Lambier Howard, SMU’s chief marshal emeritus from 1978-87, in honor of his role in shaping the traditions and protocol of the University’s modern-day academic ceremonies. Designed in 2008 and crafted from steel, aluminum and water glass, the lantern symbolizes the Dallas Hall Rotunda. The University’s motto is engraved around the lantern’s base; the words to “Varsity,” the SMU alma mater, encircle its top band.

Each year during the May Baccalaureate Service, this lantern is handed down by the senior class president to a representative of the junior class – a symbolic passing of the light that sustains our University.

Sections of this article were compiled from SMU’s Commencement Convocation program.

A memory submitted by Larry Chasteen, Class of 1968

Dr. Jack Holman.

Prof. Holman taught our sophomore heat transfer class. What I really remember was that we used a textbook that HE had written. This was my first experience with a really “famous” faculty! Prof. Holman also encouraged me to continue my education in a Ph.D. program at Stanford University.

Awards Recognize Faculty Excellence

SMU faculty members were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2014 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 21.

Two faculty members received the University’s most prestigious honor, the “M” Award. Marilyn “Birdie” Barr, senior lecturer and associate director of wellness in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Tony Pederson, Professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism in Meadows School of the Arts, were honored for contributions to the University “above and beyond the call of duty.”

During the 2013-14 academic year, for the first time, two SMU community members were presented with honorary “M” Awards. The late Dennis Cordell, professor of history and associate dean for the University Curriculum, and the late Robert Van Kemper, professor of anthropology, were both previous nominees for the honor. Members of their departments presented their “M” Award certificates and pins in Fall 2013. Both professors were honored in memory during the Extravaganza.

The SMU Students’ Association’s Willis M. Tate Award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has been involved in student life. This year’s honor was presented to Brad Carter, associate professor of political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Recipients of the Outstanding Professor Awards presented by the Rotunda yearbook were:

  • David Croson, clinical professor of strategy, entrepreneurship and business economics, Cox School of Business
  • Pamela Harris-Hackett, visiting lecturer in journalism, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Daniel Millimet, professor of economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Ross Murfin, E.A. Lilly Distinguished Professor of English Literature, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Receiving the Extra Mile Awards, presented by Students for New Learning for graciousness and sensitivity to students with learning differences:

  • Victoria Lockwood, associate professor and director of graduate studies in anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Steve Robertson, senior lecturer in statistical science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

The Office of Community Engagement and Leadership’s Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer Award was presented to Owen Lynch, associate professor and director of the Honors Program and SMU London Internships in Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts. The award honors exemplary community service outside the University.

Founders’ Day Highlights Faculty

SMU’s world-changing faculty presented stimulating talks during Founders’ Day Weekend on Friday, April 11 at Inside SMU powered by TEDxSMU. SMU alumni and the wider community enjoyed compelling stories from outstanding faculty as well as SMU staff, alumni and students. Speakers ranged from scientists to artists, designers to engineers and philanthropists to economists. Founders’ Day Weekend gave alumni an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. This year’s event occurred during the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty and featured many ways to engage with SMU’s outstanding scholars.

Martin L. Camp
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Adjunct Professor, Dedman School of Law
Talk: Good News, Bad News, Who is to Say!

Marc P. Christensen
Dean, of the Lyle School of Engineering
Talk: Educating a New Generation of Failures

Jamie Clark-Soles
Associate Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology
Talk: Dying to Live

Michael S. Harris
Associate Professor of Higher Education, Simmons School of: Education & Human Development
Talk: Why Businesses Should Work Like a University

Joshua Rovner
John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security, Dedman College
Talk: The Heroes of Counterinsurgency

Dennis Simon
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Political Science, Dedman College
Talk: Civil Rights: A Journey

Willard L. Spiegelman
Professor, Dwaine E. Hughes, Jr., Distinguished Chair in English, Dedman College
Talk: Realms of Gold

Ben Voth
Chair, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Division, Meadows School of the Arts
Talk: Ending Genocide in the 21st century

A writer who teaches writing

In his new book, A Star in the Face of the Sky, SMU Creative Writing Director and Associate English Professor David Haynes goes “beyond the margins” to show how four lives cope with the violence that has shaped their intersecting worlds.

The novel, Haynes’ seventh, depicts the close friendship of two strong women — one African American, the other Jewish — and a complex relationship that develops between their grandsons. The thoroughly modern tale, published by New Rivers Press, “explores the legacy of history, evils of spite, power of secretive romance and ultimately, the triumph of love,” Haynes says.

“This constellation, four people leaning on each other, toward each other is necessary because they are all survivors of monstrous family history,” says novelist Debra Monroe, author of The Source of Trouble and On the Outskirts of Normal). Its touching conclusion will “keep book clubs talking for a long time,” notes St. Paul Pioneer Press reviewer Mary Ann Grossman.

That’s by design, Haynes says. “I wanted this book to generate long, passionate conversations among people who enjoy a good story.”

Haynes’ teaching interests, including gender, class, race and generational differences, are all themes addressed in A Star in the Face of the Sky. For example, the book takes a more modern approach to the boys’ homosexuality, “which for a change isn’t presented as a problem,” Haynes says. “The normalcy and acceptance of their sexuality, and unconditional love, is actually the story’s real appeal.”

Before joining SMU in 1998, Haynes worked for 15 years as a teacher in urban schools, most of those years in middle school in St. Paul, Minn. He served as a teacher in residence at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He also served on the leadership team at the experimental Saturn School of Tomorrow.

Haynes is the author of six other critically acclaimed novels: The Full Matilda, Right by My Side, Somebody Else’s Mama, Heathens, Live at Five and All American Dream Dolls. He also has written books for children, including Retold African American Folktales as well as The West 7th Wildcats series, including Business as Usual, Gumma Wars, Who’s Responsible? and The Kevin Show — two of which have been National Public Radio “Selected Shorts.”

The St. Louis native teaches regularly for the low-residency Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and also taught in the MFA programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md., and at the Writers’ Garret in Dallas.

For more details about A Star in the Face of the Sky, as well as Haynes’ other writings, visit

A memory submitted by Geralda Miller, Class of 1998

Two SMU professors made a lasting impact on me.

When I began my study at SMU, I thought I was going to become a correspondent on National Public Radio. But Prof. Charles Davis, who was my advisor, steered me in the direction of print journalism. He lifted my confidence, telling me I was a good writer and suggested I write for the Daily Campus. Well, I loved it! The next thing I knew I was an intern at The Associated Press, which began my career as a journalist.

Prof. Kenneth Hamilton ignited my interest in African American history. His classes formed the foundation that I would use in writing articles on race and ethnicity. That foundation also proved helpful when I returned to graduate school and got my master’s degree in History at the University of Nevada, Reno.

A memory submitted by Bob Norman

My favorite prof was Dr. Cheatum, biology. Knew him the rest of his life. In fact I took him to the cancer clinic in Houston, his last trip. His favorite trick in freshman boys was to let them call him “old man” and mark down those names (mostly of football players). After all, we were only 18, he was up in years — 50, or 55. Then, he would tell those particular boys they were going on a specimen hunt. Where you used to find all the shark teeth between Dallas and Fort Worth. Nothing out there but rock and a few trees. Bring your hiking shoes and a canteen of water. Ten miles into nowhere and ten miles back. On a weekend. He would walk them into the ground, and on Monday morning they would address him as Dr. Cheatum. In the early sixties, I studied for the conservation and appraisal field. All I do is restoration of paintings and antique appraisal. My clients tell me I don’t dare retire and I have no intention of doing so.

A memory submitted by Ben Sanders, Class of 1970

My favorite professor was Dr. Roland Porth in the business school. I attended SMU from 1966 to 1970 and graduated with a BBA in accounting in 1970. I had Dr. Porth for “Federal Income Tax” my junior year. He was very personable and made “taxes” interesting. During the tax busy seasons in 1969 and 1970, I worked for Dr. Porth, assisting him in the preparation of individual tax returns for his personal tax clients. He lived nearby, in Highland Park just a few blocks from school, and I would go over to his house in the afternoons and work in his home. He had a son, Buddy (Roland, Jr.), who was a student at Highland Park HS and after a few hours of working on taxes, Buddy and I would usually end up on their driveway playing pickup basketball game. Fond memories!

A memory submitted by Bob Klein

No question it was Zeb Freeman. He was an instructor in one of the accounting classes. Sort of an intense fellow. Steered us into taking the Civil Service exam for the position of Internal Revenue Service for the position of IRS Agent which most of us had never even heard of! I took the exam, then later was hired as an agent, and that turned out to be the best move I ever made. Will never forget that guy!

A memory submitted by Chris Fontenot

Are you joking, hands down Professor Christopher Hanna is the greatest professor the world over! There were students who once challenged his knowledge of a particular taxation issue. They asked a very detailed question. He turned to them and within 60 seconds gave them the answer — they were shocked, the class was in total shock. The answer was in a statute’s subsection. He recited the section number and all of its subsections… it was truly a crazy moment! Great teacher!

A memory submitted by Chris Terhune

Easily Al Casey. His breadth of experience was amazing and he candidly shared so much during his classes. One of my favorite stories was when he was CEO of American Airlines and had to work through the issue between AA and Braniff. Amazing stuff. He was challenging to be sure, but I learned so much and am grateful for the opportunity to learn from him.

A memory submitted by Colin Ford

Favorite professors were Jim Gallien, Peter Noble, and Gabriella Vokic. Professor Noble and Gallien were advertising professors and taught me so much. They challenged us to be better than we thought we could be and were very inspirational. Professor Vokic was a Spanish teacher of mine and she was very talented at explaining everything we were working on in detail. If someone didn’t comprehend a concept in her class, she made sure they understood fully before moving on. You can tell she really cares about her students.

A memory submitted by Craig Conaster

I would say Bonnie Wheeler was #1 for me. She taught my Core Class freshman year and various English/Lit classes and also headed up my summer at Oxford. She is brilliant, fun and really inspired me to push myself and learn more. Honorable Mention would be Chris Stoehr (Creative Writing) and Vickie Hill (Women’s Studies/Literature). Chris was inspirational to me to pursue writing. She was critical and complimentary at the same time. A professor that encouraged you but gave actual constructive criticism in a positive manner. We kept in tough for years after graduation Vickie Hill and I were complete opposites. I was a politically conservative, preppy WASP guy and she was an ardent liberal feminist. But she taught to love debate and that people could disagree with a sense of humor and mutual respect. I tried to take at least one of her classes every year. Fun reminiscing.

A memory submitted by Eugene N. Robinson, Class of 1960

I was a freshman at SMU in 1956. I happened to catch Dr. Harold Jeskey for the basic chemistry course for science majors. At that time, the Chemistry Dept. required their professors to rotate out of the basic 8 hour course every 3 years. Later, in the summer of 1958, I had 2 summer sessions of organic chemistry under Dr. Jeskey. This was daylight to dark chemistry with him, including the labs. He was a wonderful man, a great teacher and influenced my life positively in many ways. Around 1975, I was in Dallas and decided to go see him. I walked into Fondren Science, and he was coming down the hall toward his office. He called me by my full name, and I had not seen him in about 15 years. He remembered everything about my time with him. I feel really blessed to have known him and to be able to honor him with a donation to the Chemistry Dept. each year.

A memory submitted by John Rogers, Class of 1978

Professor Fredrick Lee in Organizational Behavior. Fred brought many interesting case studies to the program from his business background and experiences which just made the class sing. A sincere person, cared for his students and relished his assignment at SMU. I was honored to have him in an area that is very challenging and in which I subsequently learned has a good amount of influence on the success of a company over the long range. The culture of an organization also has a huge influence on the individual employees working success or failure.

A memory submitted by James Stroman

My favorite professor at SMU was Dr. Virginia Baker Long. I took a Business English class from her. She said to me “Why don’t you become a secretary? The Ford Motor Company now has more male secretaries than female secretaries for one reason. They learn quickly how to become executives.” I often thought “Doesn’t Ford have any female executives?” Anyway, Professor Long kept encouraging me to write a secretarial manual since there was not a very good one available. I now have such a manual, in it’s Fifth Edition, and is now the largest selling such manual in the USA. I give her all the credit. Her classroom was in the basement of old Fondren Library. I was back home not long ago. It has really changed. Nothing familiar in that basement. I was private secretary to founder/owner of The Dallas Cowboys for many years. Our offices were in the Cowboys Building now directly across the freeway from the Bush Library. I wish Clint had lived to see it. My favorite president was not the present one. He’s OK but nothing like Umphrey Lee. They threw the famous mold away when they made Dr. Lee.

A memory submitted by John Winn, Class of 1954

I graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1954. These years, 1951-1954, were significant years at Perkins, not only because of the integration of the student body, but also because of the influx of so many outstanding new faculty members and a radical shift in curriculum. One of the new faculty members was Joe Matthews. Until Joe Matthews arrived, along with Ed Hobbs, I had the feeling that I had been challenged more academically at my undergraduate college, Tulane, in New Orleans. Joe Matthews, though, turned on all the lights for me. Neither before, nor since have I encountered a more dynamic, exciting, and intellectually honest teacher than Joe. Indeed, he, in Christian Ethics and Ed Hobbs, in New Testament seemed to ignite the entire faculty. I remember how their presence opened the eyes of many students, including my own, to the outstanding scholarship of long-time faculty member, Fred Gealy. Both face-to-face and class discussions with those three genuine human beings made my years at Perkins some of the most exciting of my life.

A memory submitted by Sterling E. Moore, Class of 1954

Dr. William Mayne Longnecker was my biology professor in 1952 and he was instrumental, along with Drs. Harold Jeskey and Joe Harris, in my being accepted to medical school. On visiting SMU one Saturday afternoon in 1965, I took my children, ages eight and six, to tour Fondren Science Building. Dr. Longnecker was in a lab, writing lessons on a blackboard. As the door was open, we entered and interrupted him to greet and reminisce. After meeting the children and inquiring about their education, he learned that they were taking French lessons. Longnecker then proceeded to teach them the similarities and backgrounds of counting in three or four different languages, demonstrating on the blackboard, as he would continue to write and erase for 15 or 20 minutes. The children were fascinated and awed, and I reflected back to his abilities as a lecturer, his broad range of knowledge, and his animated facial, hand and body characteristics when interacting with students. Dr. Ogden Baine was head of the Chemistry Department in 1950, the year Fondren Science was dedicated. That year he taught general chemistry to our freshman class. The new facilities were outstanding, the acoustics in the amphitheater of high quality. We were six weeks into the lectures when Dr. Baine announced our first quiz. We had some trepidation as this would be our first major examination at the college level, and on that morning we sat on the edge of our seats. When Dr. Baine arrived carrying a stack of tests, he began passing them about the room. As he did so, he warned that no one should write on the booklets, or open them, until he gave the word. Once all had the test, he instructed us to put our names on the first page, and then put our pencils down. He next gave instructions to open the booklets, but not to write anything until he said “Begin.” The tensions and our anxieties were mounting as this imposing figure kept giving one warning and instruction after other. By this time he was standing behind the desk, staring at us to be sure no one started early. At that, without looking, he reached into the drawer in front of him, pulled out a pistol, raised his arm toward the ceiling, and fired a blank cartridge. With the deafening sound and prolonged ringing in the ears that followed, Dr. Bain’s command to “Begin” was totally lost. Beyond that point, no one seemed to remember anything about the exam.

A memory submitted by Kathleen (Kelly) Swanston Woudenberg, Class of 1980

I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and started as a freshman the fall of 1976. I had a history class my first week. The first session was in an auditorium and the teacher was Hal Williams. I thought he was brilliant. The Wednesday session was a small group for the same class and I was thrilled and intimidated that my instructor for small group was not a graduate assistant but Professor Williams. I can’t even remember what the topic was but he singled me out for a question and i spoke right up… after class he asked me to come to his office… he told me he was impressed with my thinking and he asked if I would like him to be my advisor. He academically guided and supported me for 4 years. He always challenged me but let me know he thought I was a smart person. I really think he changed the way I think, and encouraged me to be a brave thinker.

A memory submitted by Frank (Francis) Murray, Class of 1952

When I received my journalism degree in 1952, we did not have the sophisticated technology–but we had the typewriter–that the students have today, but with the expertise of Prof. Callahan and the other journalism teachers, we were able to fine-tune our writing and editing skills and go on to successful careers. I have just signed a contact for my 55th book, with a working title of Body, Mind and the Eight B Vitamins. Yes, I am almost 90. There were so many of us veterans from World War II in school that many of our classrooms were barracks scattered around the campus. Even so, they were exciting times. As Amusements Editor of The SMU Campus, I interviewed Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and other celebrities who came to town. And, even though I panned Margaret Truman’s recital, I escaped a vitriolic letter from President Truman, who was prone to send them to more influential music critics.

A memory submitted by Livonia Gloves

Lon Tinkle ( English): going to one of his lectures was like going to the best play or movie. He was insightful, fun, entertaining and knowledgeable. I can still remember his wild white flowing hair and mustache. What a great character. Ray and Candace Birke (Theater): This couple who were young marrieds at the time were role models for all of us in the theatre department. They were wonderful actors, teachers and mentors to us all.

A memory submitted by Mike Warnock

Probably Dr. Banewitz, a chemistry professor in the late 50’s and 60’s. Once he pretended to accidentally suck some acid into his mouth through a tube and spit out bits of corn making us think it was his teeth.

A memory submitted by Mary “Mabs” Bonnick, Class of 1976

Dr. G. William Jones had a passion for the art of cinema that was obvious from my first class when he transformed the film “Citizen Kane” from a movie to a masterpiece of writing, editing, camera angles and sound. I became fascinated with the production process and I took every class that he taught. My SMU experience with Dr. Jones led me to work in local television for many years.

A memory submitted by Phillip Kotiza

It was one of the required freshman English classes and I think she could have been a graduate student because she wasn’t all that much older than I was. I don t remember her name — but what I do remember is that she was young and cute and drove a mint condition Austin Healy 3000. I could never really decide if I liked her class, or her, or the car more. Eventually I just concluded it was probably all three.

A memory submitted by Ruth Stacy, Class of 1960

E. L. Callahan of the school of journalism was my favorite. He was very accessible and gave good advice. When I was going to my very first journalists’ convention in Denver, he advised me, “I don’t think you have ever drunk much alcohol. Just remember to eat BEFORE you go out with any of the newspaper people.” I came to need that advice at the convention.

A memory submitted by Elliott S. Sanford, Class of 1988

Must say my favorite professor was Howard Taunenfeld. Great International Law teacher with tons of personal experience to share. Having aid that, will never forget the astonished look on my classmate’s face when Professor Taubenfeld casually grabbed her Property Law book on his way to the podium, where he inquired as to whose book it was – given no Title Deed! Almost as funny as his drawing a huge dollar sign on the blackboard to exclaim “it’s the money… When they claim to be acting on principle, it is really about the money.” He is no doubt sorely missed by many.

A memory submitted by L W Murphey

There were several professors who were my favorites. One of them was Dr. Jeskey, professor of chemistry; he has a great sense of humor and also the ability to teach chemistry to more than 100 of us at a time. Another favorite was Mrs. Doris Johnson, professor of freshman English; she taught us grammar so thoroughly that it has been hard to forget appropriate sentence structure as well as understanding the value of a well-grounded college education – i.e. not just studying in our major field but also in pursuing what was then called a “liberal education.” Another favorite professor was Dr. Edwin Mouzon, professor of mathematics; he was a giant in that field of study because he had not only a Ph.D. degree in math but was also an actual Actuary. Dr. Mouzon was the chairman of the math department and wrote text books as well as being an active faculty member for many years.

A memory submitted by Buddy Miller

My favorite professor at SMU, Perkins School of Theology, was Dr. Albert Outler. He was a brilliant and humble man with a Georgia background and accent. Dr. Outler was a member of the Faith and Order Board of the World Council of Churches and the official observer of the Methodist Church at the Second Vatican Council. A student pastor invited Dr. Outler to preach at his student appointment in the Tyler District of the Texas Annual Conference. Dr. Outler accepted the invitation and seemingly enjoyed preaching in the small, rural, East Texas Church. He preached a powerful sermon and at the conclusion of the service he was standing alongside the host student pastor greeting parishioners as they departed. One East Texas farmer, dressed in overalls, shook Dr. Outler’s hand and said, “Man, you don’t need to waste your time teaching in that school–you can preach.” Dr. Outler laughed and thanked the man for being in church to hear a visiting preacher.

A memory submitted by Tom Wheeler, Class of 1966

I am embarrassed to admit that I cannot remember the names of all my former professors whose teaching and presence were important to me as a student and even more so in the years since. I was at SMU from Sep 1962 through May 1966, graduating with a B.S. in biology. I do indeed want to salute the memory of those who made a great impression on me (and had a more profound impact on my life than I would have realized at the time). Here are the ones I remember . . . Lorraine Fowler, English William Stallcup, biology Elmer Cheatum, biology _______ Harris, biology (I think he was also dean of Humanities & Sciences) _____________, biology (taught physiology; did research in endocrinology) Thomas Kenner, chemistry Harold Jeskey, chemistry William (?) Banowicz, chemistry ________ Clark (?), physics ________ Strange, psychology ________ Nance, comparative literature Other favorites . . . 1) ___________ (male) taught History of Ideas during 1965-1966 academic year; was voted Favorite Teacher around that time 2) ___________ (male) taught German (I had him in 1963) 3) ___________ (female) taught personality psychology in 1964-1965 I hate that I can t readily recall their names, nor do I have any notebooks from those years that I could thumb through. But they were all outstanding teachers and great encouragers. I have been a teacher myself since graduating from SMU; memories of their ways of delivering and engaging have set the standards for me.

A memory submitted by Lewis C. Odneal, Class of 1956

I am a very minor graduate of Perkins but I feel we had some of the best teachers during those years (1953 — 1956). I liked all of my Professors but my two favorites were: Albert Outler and William Irwin.

Dr. Outler was my Theology Professor. He was very famous and that meant a lot to us. He was the best with his lectures. He made them so clear and interesting that each of us felt we were already theologians by just listening to him. His tests were the easiest of all my professors because he always asked questions to see what we knew and believed, not what we did not know or understand. It was fascinating to listen to him talk, with his southern way of speaking and his long sentences that one never knew when they would end. He treated each of us as adults who were important to him. He was simply a wonderful person to know. None of our questions were too simple or unimportant to him. I still have some of his books and I treasure each one of them.

William Irwin was my Old Testament Professor. He was another unique person with his wonderful way of speaking and using his hands to emphasize his points. I have always loved the Old Testament but he made it come alive in a way that made one feel he was right there living in it. He was quite famous in his field also having worked in the Wisdom Literature when forming the New Revised Edition of the Old Testament.

My experience at Perkins in my Graduate work was a new, wonderful world for me. I will never forget it and will always highly appreciate the new life Perkins gave me in my ministry.

A memory submitted by Tom Hardee

My favorite professor was Frank Young, a really special person. am forwarding an email I recently sent to him which explains my true feelings. Please feel free to edit as you see fit.


Dear Frank,

It’s hard to believe my former SMU insurance professor will be 92; it’s also difficult to realize that your former student will be 77 this year. And, of course, we are saddened to learn about your current health situation. Do keep us posted for what we hope is a speedy recovery.

You have been special to me ever since I signed up for your classes in the fall of ’57 and to Barbara as well, beginning in 1962. We were so honored when you and Jocq visited us in Meridian shortly before our September ’62 wedding. You said you wanted to meet my bride-to-be and determine if she deserved your stamp of approval. She did and we’ll be married 52 years this September. Sadly, she’s in poor health and pretty much home-bound.

Former British PM Winston Churchill, talking about the RAF, said that never in history have so many owed so much to so few. We former students could paraphrase him and substitute you for the RAF to receive the same deserved praise. We also appreciate your special service to our country in WWII (combat in both the ETO and PTO.)

Over the years, it was always a comfort to me to know that, if my current job situation(s) became untenable, I was confident I could travel to Dallas and you would find a place for me somewhere in Dallas insurance circles.

A simple “thank you” is far too inadequate but it’s all I can come up with now.



A memory submitted by Tom Wheeler, Class of 1966

I am embarrassed to admit that I cannot remember the names of all my former professors whose teaching and presence were important to me as a student and even more so in the years since. I was at SMU from Sep 1962 through May 1966, graduating with a B.S. in biology. I do indeed want to salute the memory of those who made a great impression on me (and had a more profound impact on my life than I would have realized at the time).

Here are the ones I remember . . .

Lorraine Fowler, English

William Stallcup, biology

Elmer Cheatum, biology

_______ Harris, biology (I think he was also dean of Humanities & Sciences)

_____________, biology (taught physiology; did research in endocrinology)

Thomas Kenner, chemistry

Harold Jeskey, chemistry

William (?) Banowicz, chemistry

________ Clark (?), physics

________ Strange, psychology

________ Nance, comparative literature Other favorites . . .

1) ___________ (male) taught History of Ideas during 1965-1966 academic year; was voted Favorite Teacher around that time

2) ___________ (male) taught German (I had him in 1963)

3) ___________ (female) taught personality psychology in 1964-1965

I hate that I can’t readily recall their names, nor do I have any notebooks from those years that I could thumb through. But they were all outstanding teachers and great encouragers. I have been a teacher myself since graduating from SMU; memories of their ways of delivering and engaging have set the standards for me.

A memory submitted by Quino Martinez, Class of 1995

By far, my favorite classes at SMU were Doc Breeden’s history courses. Doc’s passion for history and, in particular, the history of the southern United States, made his classes come alive for me in ways that other subjects and courses did not. Doc held us accountable for showing up, coming prepared to discuss the topic at hand and for giving him our best work. He was and remains one of the best teachers/professors I have had.

A memory submitted by Kristin Larimore, Class of 1989, 1991

I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since my undergraduate graduation! Each year since the passing of my favorite professor, Dr. Michael Best, who was head of the Psychology Department and later dean of Deadman College, I’ve donated money in his honor.

In my opinion, Dr. Best: his large stature, red hair, and quirky personality represents what’s best about SMU and the academic experience. Surprisingly, many outside of the SMU family don’t realize the small student population, which affords students the benefit of small class sizes and advantage of full professors teaching all undergraduate classes. Additionally and even more special, many of our faculty members get to know students and establish a personal connection.

Of course, I remember Dr. Best carrying a brain encased in formaldehyde to and from our physiological psychology class and his stories of Wyoming, which were funny and personal! Most of all, I appreciated the opportunity to interrupt his dinnertime with questions about an upcoming exam, office hours outside of those that were “officially” posted and what I’ll never be able to repay … his personal encouragement to pursue my masters degree at SMU AND ensuring my acceptance when test scores alone didn’t warrant it.

Just before our MA graduation ceremony, he shared the story of his “bet” with the graduate dean of admissions and congratulated me on proving that too much fun in undergraduate years didn’t mean lack of future performance! In a very real way, if not for his backing, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree.

Sadly, Dr. Michael Best was only 48 when he died suddenly of a heart attack. In large part, Dr. Best is the reason for the trajectory of my career and I’m grateful to him and SMU for literally helping to shape my future. Thanks again to him and for the opportunity to share this special memory … he is not forgotten!

A memory submitted by Fred Skaggs, Class of 1960

Dr. Curry, an accounting professor from whom I took many hours of accounting. He was the best and made a profound impact upon my education. The thing that has stayed with me and influenced my life all these years is what he did and said after each test he gave. He would pass out the graded papers and then he would go to the black board and write all of the grades in descending order from the highest to the lowest grade. He would then draw a line through the middle grade and place his hand upon the top half and say, “if your grade is one of these you are in the top half of the class”. Then he would place his hand on the bottom half of the grades and say “if your grade is one of these, then you helped make the top half possible.” When you think about it, this applies to life itself and it was a valuable lesson learned. God bless you Dr. Curry.

A memory submitted by Shelley Singleton, Class of 1982

Dr. Roger Kerin always greeted you with a smile and encouraged his students to be inquisitive. I worked on a psychographic marketing research study concerning drinkers of Dr. Pepper! It was so much interesting learning the differences between students who drank DP and those who did not. The study was fun to administer and Dr. Kerin was very encouraging. He later provided me with a recommendation for a marketing position locally in financial product marketing role in which I spent the majority of my career. Thanks Dr. Kerin for always believing in me and your students! SMU has been very blessed over the years to have you!!!

Providing Leadership

Ever since the first classes convened in Dallas Hall in 1915, the SMU faculty has provided leadership in the social, fiscal, professional and intellectual life of the University. Today, both the power and the duty of that leadership are vested in the Faculty Senate.

Faculty representatives called their first “general faculty meeting” in President Robert Stewart Hyer’s office on Sept. 7, 1915, with Hyer himself presiding. One of the group’s first acts was to elect Professor John H. Reedy as secretary pro tem, a position that became permanent a few weeks later on Oct. 20. These early meetings were scheduled every Tuesday, but the faculty met almost daily during the first weeks on the new campus – considering topics ranging from the nomenclature of courses to the formation of a University athletic council, from alleged misconduct in a men’s dormitory to requirements for degrees and advanced standing.

Today, the Senate meets once per month during the academic year and operates independently from SMU administration. The University president, provost and a retired faculty member serving as president or designee of the Retired Faculty Association hold seats as non-voting ex officio members.

Many current standing committees still reflect the priorities of that first body: academics, athletics, libraries, student policies, the all-important University calendar. The Committee on Boarding Houses may have gone the way of the Model T, but new committees on research, honorary degrees, and the economic status of the faculty reflect the 21st-century concerns of the modern Senate.

All full-time faculty members who do not also serve in administrative roles are eligible for election to a three-year term in the Senate, with the exception of those who have already served two consecutive terms. (These faculty members may run again after one year has elapsed since the end of their service.)

The Faculty Senate constitution prescribes the seating of senators by electoral unit. Each electoral unit is entitled to elect at least one senator for every 20 full-time faculty members and remaining fractions of 11 or more, and no fewer than three senators in areas with 21 or more full-time faculty. Electoral units include each school except Dedman College, in which each division counts as a separate unit.

The faculty of a division that is not affiliated with a school also counts as an electoral unit if that division has at least 11 faculty members. In addition, the general faculty elects 12 at-large senators.

Senate bylaws state that meetings must be run according to Robert’s Rules of Order. Members of the SMU community are invited to observe as guests, but may not hold the floor unless acknowledged by the Senate chair or by a majority vote. The Senate also reserves the right to conduct an executive session limited to its membership.

The Faculty Senate elects all members of its executive committees at its first meeting of the academic year. Its current committees and subcommittees include:

  • Executive Committee, which includes the Senate president, immediate past president, and president-elect and represents the Faculty Senate to the University administration
  • Committee on Committees, which provides nominees for Senate offices and standing committees to the Senate, as well as candidates for Chief Marshal and the All-University Judiciary to SMU administration.
  • Academic Policies Committee, which represents the general faculty in all academic matters, and its three subcommittees: Libraries, Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Academic Calendar of the University. In the 2013-14 academic year, the Academic Policies Committee took on the charge of examining the role of online education at SMU.
  • All-University Finance Committee, which represents the general faculty in all matters concerning the financial status of the University, and its two subcommittees: Faculty Benefits and Economic Status of the Faculty.
  • Athletic Policies Committee, which represents the general faculty in all matters concerning intercollegiate athletics, including budget, eligibility, athletics personnel and scheduling of games. Members of this committee are also the Senate’s nominees to the University Athletics Council, and the committee chair normally serves as Council chair.
  • Committee on Research, which examines available University resources and access to external funding for faculty research, creative and professional activities. The committee undertook a comprehensive review of the level of support for SMU doctoral programs during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Faculty Ethics and Tenure Committee, which represents the general faculty in ethics and tenure matters, investigates questions of due process in individual tenure and promotion cases, and investigates alleged breaches in professional ethics.
  • Honorary Degrees Committee, which evaluates and recommends honorary degree nominees to the Faculty Senate. The committee’s membership and deliberations are confidential.
  • Student Policies Committee, which reviews and recommends SMU policies to achieve and maintain a high quality of intellectual life at the University, including policies and programs of Residence Life and Student Housing and International Student and Scholar Services. Their considerations include the role of the Greek system, diversity of the student body, and participation for international students, ethnically diverse students, and students with disabilities.

A memory submitted by Catherine Pruett

John Edwards Price changed my life forever as a pianist, a musician and a person. Back in the day when teachers still smoked in their studios and the music teachers were true to themselves and their music, this gentle man opened up the world of the inner workings of piano music. My favorite stories of all time revolve around the zany antics of the unbelievably talented music gods of SMU in 1982-84 including Louise Bianchi, David Karp, Alfred Mouledous (sic) et all. I acquired 4 college over the years including one from Alaska, and by far and away, the teachers at SMU were undeniably genius. As a D.C. music teacher now, I can only pray that the good young students of SMU have been blessed with the talent and personalities that graced the music building in the god quad. Thanks for my trip down memory lane.

Yours, still broke but happy,

A memory submitted by Read and Vanessa Rusk Pierce, Class of 2000, 2001

Jim Hopkins, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the History Department of Dedman College, is an example of SMU’s exemplary dedication of faculty to undergraduate education–one of the many things that attracted both of us to SMU. Compared to friends and colleagues we’ve met in the subsequent 15 years—many of whom attended top tier universities but spent as much time with teaching assistants as with celebrated faculty—we feel extremely fortunate to have benefited from first rate teaching and rich relationships with SMU’s faculty.

As a history major, one of us (Read) still recalls fondly the atmosphere of intellectual engagement and curiosity that Jim fosters in every classroom discussion he leads. But our warmest memories of Jim and his wife, Patti LaSalle, SMU’s Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Public Affairs, are from Alternative Spring Break. In March 1999, rather than take a week off from teaching and campus leadership, Jim and Patti joined our group of SMU students on a spring break service trip to San Francisco, CA, where we worked with Glide Memorial United Methodist Church to serve the city’s homeless.

Under most circumstances, our group of students—eager to make a difference but accustomed to rolling out of bed at 9:47 am to make 10 o’clock classes in Dallas Hall—would have done well simply to show up on time and support Glide’s programs without causing too much disruption in day-to-day operations. Jim and Patti made sure the experience was about more than volunteering our time, exploring a new city, and forging closer bonds with other students as we worked at Glide, slept on the floor, and navigated public transportation.

Over meals, Jim regularly led riveting discussion about the complex interplay of urban poverty, public policy, modern economics, cycles of dependency and empowerment, and the history of embedding safety net services in religious organizations across the country. In essence, Alternative Spring Break became not an escape from the classroom or an immersion in the “real world,” but rather an extension of the applied learning laboratory that Jim and others create everyday on the SMU campus.

Research, grants, and innovative academic programs are important foundational elements for any university seeking to make a visible difference in society. However, the true catalyst for impact is engaged faculty, who not only teach but also mentor; who not only push forward the boundaries of human knowledge, but also make sense of the changing world for students; who not only shape lives on campus, but also set an example outside the ivory tower. Jim Hopkins, like many of SMU’s best faculty, embodies all of these principles. He is one of the university’s finest people, and represents the very best of SMU’s history and aspirations for the future.

A memory submitted by Sandra Douglas, Class of 1983

I had some great teachers and, regrettably, several of them have passed away. Dan Wingren was fabulous in his knowledge of art and art history, and Dr. Karl Kilinski was tops in his field of Greco-Roman art history. I was lucky to have taken one of his tours to Greece in 1976. Too bad these two are gone. They got me hooked on art history. Dr. Anna Marie Carr was another facet to my education. But I owe a lot to Larry Scholder, who just retired, who best encouraged me to be a printmaker and guided me through the basics of etching. (I am still a printmaker, by the way.) I loved SMU and these teachers. It is very important to give positive as well as negative without stomping on a student’s ambitions.

Jeremy duQuesnay Adams

History Professor, William P. Clements Department of History
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Medieval Europe

Two SMU alums have honored their favorite professor with a Centennial Professorship, which supports the Second Century Campaign goal to increase the number of endowed chairs.  The $1.25 million gift from Stephen L. and Kathryn Hedges Arata of Dallas created the Jeremy duQuesnay Adams Centennial Professorship in Western European Medieval History in honor of the longtime SMU history professor.

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Serving as travel leaders

During spring break 2014, many SMU faculty members are using their time off to lead trips that emphasize service to communities around the United States, teach students and others about issues such as civil rights and human rights, and help groups experience the great outdoors. Trips during the March 8-16 break include:

SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage.  The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.

“In the course of our journey, we meet numerous ‘keepers of history,’ including the former leaders of the bus boycott and voting rights marches,” says political science Associate Professor Dennis Simon, who with Ray Jordan, leads the pilgrimage which is sponsored by SMU’s Chaplain’s Office. “These are people whose lives and stories give life – in the here and now – to what we read and see in our study of the civil rights movement. Their character, faith and willingness to share their experiences help us understand the inner strength required to kill Jim Crow.”

University Honors Program in Virginia

Students in the Honors history class “The Founding Fathers and Slavery” will be immersed in colonial Virginia during spring break. Highlights of the trip include visits to Alexandria, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, Charlottesville and the plantations of George Washington (Mount Vernon), Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), and James Madison (Montpelier).

University Honors Program director David Doyle, who is leading the course with program associate director Sally Spaniolo, says the students have been investigating the greatest puzzle in American history: the contrast between the Declaration of Independence, with the subsequent Constitution, and the vibrant institution of slavery in the era of the American Revolution. “The trip allows the students to get closer to the experience of the Revolutionary generation — to become absorbed in their atmosphere, in their world. Building on the strength of SMU’s close faculty and student interaction, this class and its trip will add a greater depth the semester of reading, writing, and discussions that we have all engaged in,” Doyle says.

Embrey Human Rights Program in France

Eighteen students, faculty and staff from SMU and Dallas are traveling to France to study the role that country played in the Holocaust, when Nazi-occupied France deported 76,000 Jews to be murdered in or en route to extermination camps. The group will visit the site of the Vélodrome d’Hiver in Paris, where on July 16, 1942, several thousand men, women and children were rounded up and transported east to the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland. Among other places, the group also will see the Drancy transit camp, Oradour-Sur-Glane (a burned-out village where 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company) and the Natzwiller/Struthof concentration camp near Strasbourg.

“We will look at what happened in France during those dark years (1940-1944), and study what France has done since the war to come to grips with its role as a collaborator in the annihilation of its Jews,” says Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, which is sponsoring the trip.

STEMPREP Project at SMU in Puerto Rico

Thirty-five SMU science and engineering students are spending spring break in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they are attending the Minority Trainee Research Forum. Students will present 15-minute research presentations at the scientific meeting. Participants are members of the STEMPREP Project at SMU, a mentorship and internship program for minority students interested in S.T.E.M, medicine and biomedical research careers. The trip is led by Charles Knibb and Moses Williams, research professors of teaching and learning at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador

Dr. Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at Perkins School of Theology, is leading his class of 14 students to the Central American country of El Salvador. The group will examine Christian mission in cultural context as part of Perkins’ Global Theological Education program. This immersion experience will enable students to engage in a sustained theological and ethical reflection upon the meaning of mission and education in Salvadoran society. The course includes meetings in various location in the country with leaders of popular political organizations, schools, women’s organizations, ecumenical associations, the base Christian communities, and political leaders.

Perkins student  Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarian Association, will post regular installments on her “Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador” blog, as well as on the SMU Adventures blog.

Perkins School of Theology Faculty Immersion in Cuba

Dr. Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies at Perkins School of Theology, is leading the Spring 2014 faculty immersion trip to Cuba. Nine participants will examine the history of Cuba, its religious and cultural sources, and will visit Christian communities including the Seminario Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas.

Alternative Breaks

SMU has participated in Alternative Spring Break for 27 years, with students serving community organizations while learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. In partnership with the Community Engagement & Leadership Center, students, faculty and staff this year are traveling to:

  • New York City, to prepare and serve food to people with serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer in partnership with God’s Love We Deliver;
  • Indianapolis, to work with a community farm in a low-income neighborhood called Global Peace Initiatives;
  • Taos, New Mexico, where one group will work with children at Roots and Wings Community School, and another group will work at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter;
  • New Orleans, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, to build homes for people affected by Hurricane Katrina;
  • Kimberton, Pennsylvania, to work on a farm and assist with indoor workshops for adults with special needs;
  • Selma, Alabama, to focus on civil rights and youth development with Freedom Foundation;
  • Memphis, Tennessee, to partner with Living Lands and Waters in removing debris from the Mississippi River;
  • St. Louis, to volunteer at shelters that provide temporary care for young children to help prevent abuse and neglect;
  • Springfield, Missouri, to partner with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in improving water resources;
  • San Francisco, to work at Quesada Gardens, a local community garden that focuses on sustainability.

Outdoor Adventures

As part of the Outdoor Adventures program at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, students and staff will spend a week canoeing Arkansas’ Buffalo National River and hiking in the Ozarks. Their goal is to unwind, get rejuvenated and experience the beauty of Arkansas.

Follow Outdoor Adventures on their blog.

A memory submitted by Janey Goff McIntire, Class of 1961

My favorite professor was Dr. Paul Boller! In 1957, a naive little freshman wandered into this brilliant man’s history class. The room was electric, the class was on fire. Dr. Boller’s energy, enthusiasm, and incredible knowledge took my breath away. During that semester new doors of understanding were opened. However, more important than the content of the course, Dr. Boller bestowed upon me a love of learning and the gift of discernment. He changed my life forever. Over these 50 years, I have wondered what had become of Dr. Boller. Recently, I read he had been awarded a Chair at TCU. How fantastic and well deserved!!!!

A memory submitted by Susan McIntyre, Class of 2001

I signed up for Dr. Comini’s 19th Century Art History Class to fulfill a needed credit – after one semester, I was hooked and signed up for another art history class and then another, until I changed majors to Art History. The critical thinking, analysis, and high standards she set for her students kept me engaged and always coming back for more.

A memory submitted by Bala Shetty, Class of 1985

I am forever grateful for the impact Professor Jeff Kennington has had on my career. Not only he was a great teacher but also one of the finest human beings you will ever meet. Professor Kennington was kind, thoughtful, and inspired all of his students to be the best they can be. Thank you, SMU, for giving us the opportunity to learn from such outstanding faculty as Professor Kennington.

A memory submitted by Claire Aldridge Heck, Class of 1984

It is impossible to narrow my list of favorites to just one! Without a doubt, Alessandra Comini tops my list. Her multimedia presentations that weaved together all things art, music, politics and history were near perfection. And who can resist the theatrical and passionate lectures by Jeremy Adams? I loved his classes so much that just this past summer I took my children to the south of England and climbed around ancient sites just hoping to inspire them as he had inspired me. Jim Hopkins, Ken Carroll, Annemarie Carr and Mary Vernon round out my list of outstanding faculty. My appreciation for their talents grows with each year that passes, because I realize what a gift it was to be one of their students. Thank you, SMU! I wish I could return!

A memory submitted by James Cave, Class of 1995

While I liked all of my professors, My favorite was C. Clifton Black (now at Princeton), professor of New Testament.  Through him I came to love the study of the Gospel of Mark, so much so that I took another class in the Gospel of Mark.  Clifton encouraged me to do the class in Greek so I translated most of the Greek text of Mark.  Clifton has a passion for teaching, and relates well to students.  I recall that when I came back for the graduation of a friend, Clifton reached down & squeezed my shoulder as he & the faculty passed by in procession to their seats.  I always enjoyed our brief visits when I attended Minister’s Week.  Two and a half years ago, Clifton was the guest speaker at a two-day retreat of the Gospel of Mark.  He and I had a chance to sit and talk, as well as reminisce, for over two hours that first night.  We’ve maintained irregular contact and I hear from him occasionally.

A memory submitted by Gerry Brewer Hudnall, Class of 1971

Dr. Ruth Morgan was my favorite instructor. She taught a course on the American Presidency. Every class was filled with memorable information that pertained to the political system and history. I was amazed at how prophetic she was and that so much of the information I learned is still pertinent. For example, she predicted that a Mormon would never be elected President — it sounded irrelevant at the time but so far, her statement has held out to be true and factual. (I became very skeptical when the Republican party nominated Mitt Romney even though I voted for him and believe he would have been a good president.) She also told us about the political structure and how the Mafia influences elections — I thought that was one of the most bizarre statements I had ever heard until I got more involved in politics and learned that the elections are often corrupt and influenced by corrupt people who have their own interest at heart — not the interest of the people. She made us aware of not believing everything we read but to do the research and think for ourselves — something that very few people do today. Dr. Morgan was professional in every way and I felt that that her course was one of the most valuable courses I ever took. Considering that most students today are influenced by liberal instructors who cannot be objective, I was privileged to have an instructor that backed her information with facts — not opinions.

A memory submitted by R. Bruce Moon, Class of 1981

I have two.

Franklin Balch was smart, entertaining, and interested in his students, both in class and out. He took a personal interest in his student’s intellectual progress, and their personal well-being. Our freshman small group seminar met in his home, where his gracious and lovely wife made incoming freshmen from widely divergent backgrounds feel at home while far from home, and Prof Balch sparked or fanned our desire to be intellectually curious and to hone the critical thinking that should be the cornerstone of a liberal arts degree.

After freshman year, I considered him both my mentor and my friend, and treasured him in both roles. We could, and did, talk sports, the female of the species, the evils and joy of tobacco and the circular as opposed to linear nature of the spectrum of political thought, and the divergence of political theory and practice. He encouraged taking classes from the best professors in each discipline, regardless of their reputation on grades. One of my favorite lines from him was that he believed in the divine right of kings, and that he was anxiously awaiting the time the rest of of the world to agree and appoint him king.

Hal Williams was the president of The College when I came to SMU in 1978. Because of his speaking, bureaucratic and fundraising roles, he only taught one class, a spring course, America 1900 to present. Freshmen were ineligible to sign up for the class due to its difficulty and popularity. I had enrolled in the three-year program and some ambiguity existed concerning my eligibility to sign up for the class. With the help of Prof Balch, I was able to take the course. Prof Williams was the most dynamic, thought-provoking and entertaining professor I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. His class was dynamic, and his use of multi-media was cutting edge (remember, this was 1978). The course required the reading of at least 11 books in one semester, but it was worth every minute, in class and out.

A memory submitted by Chris Rentzel, Class of 1972

The one that stands out the most and of whom I have shared the most memories over the years is the great Lon Tinkle. You just had to be there … his look recalled that of Mark Twain, and, appropriately enough, he taught a class about the classic novels. He was an author, scholar, and reviewer of the highest regard, but it was his spellbinding speaking that made him unforgettable. His class met twice a week in that large classroom at the bottom of the Fincher Building, and to say that it was packed does it no justice. The students who were actually taking the class filled the hundred or so chairs, and others who had only heard about his lectures took every available spot on the floor. In truth, these were not lectures, they were virtuoso performances, worthy of Olivier. Some how, some way, he would, in his marvelous one of a kind part Texas, part British accent, take us on eighty minute literary journeys. Yes, he would always start out from a launching point premised on  the book that we were reading, but soon the storytelling would lead onto apparently disconnected yet mesmerizing avenues, only to have him tie it all up a second or two before the bell rang. Every time. You could not hear a pin drop in that crowded room,  and everyone leaned in closer as the end of class neared just to see him do it again. Had it been in a theatre, he would have received a prolonged standing ovation as the curtain closed.  Instead, we just sat there, amazed, finally looking at each other, shaking our heads, and smiling. Marvelous.

A memory submitted by Charles H. Webb, Class of 1955

I was fortunate to have several brilliant teachers while at S. M. U. My favorite was Dr. Paul vanKatwijk, who was Professor of Piano and Dean of the School of Music. Dr. vanKatwijk was a brilliant pianist and magnificent teacher. He understood the vast piano repertoire from the Baroque period through the twentieth century and encouraged his students to study a broad representation of this vast body of piano composition. He cared deeply about the success of each student and inspired each of us to strive for the highest standard possible. I was extremely fortunate to begin studying with Dr. vanKatwijk when I was 10 years old and continued through my Master of Music degree. He has been dead for quite some years, but I shall never forget the indelible impression he made on me as a person and musician.

A memory submitted by James Henry Stroman, Class of 1949

My favorite professor at SMU was Dr. Virginia Baker Long.  I took a Business English class from her.  She said to me “Why don’t you become a secretary? The Ford Motor Company now has more male secretaries than female secretaries for one reason.  They learn quickly how to become executives.” I often thought “Doesn’t Ford have any female executives?”  Anyway, Professor Long kept encouraging me to write a secretarial manual since there was not a very good one available.  I now have such a manual, in it’s Fifth Edition, and is now the largest selling such manual in the USA.  I give her all the credit. Her classroom was in the basement of old Fondren Library.  I was back home not long ago.  It has really changed.  Nothing familiar in that basement.  I was private secretary to founder/owner of The Dallas Cowboys for many years.  Our offices were in the Cowboys Building now directly across the freeway from the Bush Library.  I wish Clint had lived to see it. My favorite president was not the present one.  He’s OK but nothing like Umphrey Lee. They threw the famous mold away when they made Dr. Lee.

A memory submitted by Margaret Dawkins, Class of 1976

David McHam and Darwin Payne were two of my favorite professors at SMU. I graduated 37 years ago and often still think of what I learned in their classes. My only regret is that I was not older when took their classes, so I would have appreciated the experience even more.

I would not have succeeded in law school if I had not taken David McHam’s writing class. He taught me that every word has a particular meaning and should be used correctly and carefully. This is extremely important in my profession. I think of him every time I read in the newspaper that someone “held” a meeting, since he taught us that a meeting is not “held.” He also introduced us to Willie Nelson and other famous Texas musicians that I continue to enjoy.

Darwin Payne used his experiences as a journalist to motivate his students to consider the ethical issues involved when covering a story. I was so glad to see him on the NBC special about the death of President Kennedy. I remember the stories about his interaction with Mr. Zapruder after the assassination and the difficult ethical issues he faced when interviewing Mr. Zapruder. I will also never forget the day that John Henry Faulk spoke to us In Mr. Payne’s class about the adversity he faced during blacklisting and the courage he exhibited in facing that adversity.

A memory submitted by Mary Kay Overbeck Coleman, Class of 1959

Paul Boller (History of American Ideas) and Art Etzler (German) stand out in my mind. Dr. Boller caused me to look at history with a critical mind. He inspired me to become a history teacher and I used his notes as the bases for my own lectures. Not only was Dr. Etzler an outstanding professor, but but he was ever present on the campus. From him I learned to appreciate every aspect of my university – the classroom, sporting events, cultural events, bridge in the student center.

A memory submitted by Louann Gary, Class of 1976

John Jacoby was one of my professors for “the living and learning” experiment that was launched my freshman year. Everyone in the humanities class lived on the same floor of the dormitory. I so enjoyed the class with Dr. Jacoby that I went on to take classes with him throughout my years at SMU. I’m sure he was not surprised to see me on his roster year after year. He was an amazing teacher and introduced me to literature I would have never chosen for myself. He opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the world.

A memory submitted by Bob (Robert) Jamison, Class of 1953

I am sorry at age 82 that I can’t remember his name, my accounting instructor in 1949 and 1950. I have held accounting jobs, was Chief Financial Officer of a Corpus Christi Credit Union, have always done my own income taxes, all from taking 3 accounting courses at SMU. Accounting has been my saving talent when I needed a job after serving in ministry. From my accounting base, I have served as City Manager, International Airport Director, and Executive Director of a council of governments.

A memory submitted by James Verschoyle, Class of 1965

My wife, Kathleen Brooks, and I were students at SMU from 1959 until 1963 and we both earned our BBA degrees.

Our favorite professor was Frank A. Young in the Insurance Department. Mr. Young was a highly competent and effective professor. He taught insurance from a scholarly point of view as well as a vocational one.

Professor Young knew each student by name and kept up with all of us including our marriages, children, careers, awards, illnesses and funerals. He singlehandedly organized and maintained an Insurance Alumni Club with newsletters biannually with great detail about each former student mentioned in that particular letter. This was all done at his sole expense long before fax machines and emails became available.

None of us will ever forget Mr. Young’s fool-proof grading system. First, there was a pop quiz at the beginning of every class. Those total scores were the equivalent of one major test. In addition to the pop quizzes there were two or three other major tests. We were given an option of dropping any one of those major tests with the dangerous opposition that any course material on the final exam which pertained to the dropped test counted double on the final exam score. In other words, if you didn’t learn that material the first time you had a chance to learn it for the final exam… but at great risk! Professor Young’s system was designed to require each student to prepare daily and have a comprehensive understanding of the entire course material.

Professor Young also had a great tradition of organizing and leading an annual bus trip to visit the Insurance Department at the capital in Austin. Not only was the trip educational, it built good spirits, camaraderie and an extensive network of friends in the insurance industry.

To this day, 50 years later, the Insurance Department Alumni still look forward to receiving our Frank Young Newsletter (via email) with great anticipation and fond memories.

A memory submitted by David Schum, Class of 1956, 1961

I wish to tell you about one the most important persons in my life of 82 years now. He is Professor Samuel Geiser. I had three courses with Professor Geiser at SMU who was in the Zoology Dept. I have been a university professor myself for 50 years now at Ohio State, Rice, and George Mason. I keep Dr. Geiser’s picture on my desk to remind me what a splendid teacher and scholar looks like. I have tried my best to be as good as he was, but I have found this quite difficult. There is no way I can record my feelings about Dr. Geiser in this small box. Many thanks.

A memory submitted by Craig Campbell, Class of 1993

Jerry White — after almost 4 years, I thought I was through. I had it made; it was all too easy. Done and dusted as they say Down Under where I live. Then Jerry came along and made me realise that I hadn’t really learnt much at all up to that point. He challenged me by making me understand that nothing else matters if there’s not enough cash flow to make payroll. It’s a lesson I still carry with me today as a CEO. All of the fancy stuff I had in my head ended up completely subordinate to mundane things like a cash balance in the bank. What a lesson, and a good one at that.

I should have known that it was going to be good when in the first class he gave us a Roman history lesson that explained double entry accounting. It was, and remains to this day, the only interesting thing about accounting I have ever heard.

I almost failed his class (entrepreneurship), but it was the best education I ever had. Good on ya, Jerry.

A memory submitted by Anthony Indelicato, Class of 1995

My favorite SMU professor was my printmaking professor, Laurence Scholder. He let us learn and pursue our artistic interests within the context of the class. He gave guidance and examples without taking control of our art. He was a mentor and always there to help. His continues to have an impact on my art and me as a person and I was privileged to be a student in his printmaking classes.

A memory submitted by Randy Krone, Class of 1983

Took a 1982/1983 two-week interterm trip with about a dozen other students to Hollywood with Professors Jay Swartz (advertising/public relations) and Bill Jones (film). We were given the chance to spend the first week visiting movie studios (Warner Brothers, Columbia, Universal, Fox) as well as publicity/advertising agencies that were involved in the film industry. The second week we did a five-day internship at the location of our choice.

The opportunity to be involved in a trip like this and to establish contacts that would benefit me in years to come was amazing. Having Jay Swartz and Bill Jones arrange these incredible opportunities was something that really didn’t sink in totally until years later.

SMU has always had a track record of offering these type of “off campus/real world” classes that are often once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

That trip, and what I took from it, is something I’ll never forget.

A memory submitted by Leslie Owens-Hinkle, Class of 1976

Dr. Breeden – best history teacher. Never forget when we he was discussing slavery a freshman girl disagreed because that wasn’t what her mommy and daddy told her. Without missing a beat he replied to her she best go back to her dorm … Pack her things and go back to mommy and daddy. He taught like a Stephen Ambrose. Actual accounts. Reminding us these are actual accounts that were reading. Brilliant man and my all time favorite class. By the way, the southern belle freshman stayed and listened. We became friends as well.

A memory submitted by Suzanna Penn, Class of 1975

Without a doubt my favorite SMU professor is Mary Vernon. I took two or three semesters of her Art History classes in ’73-’75 time span. I was not an art major, nevertheless, not only did I gain a deep appreciation for fine aft, I also learned so much about design, and color, and how artists hold the viewers eye in the picture. This enlightenment fed my career in overseeing the production and design of several vertical market magazines and a newspaper. This is not meant as a critique of the magazine design classes I took in pursuit of the journalism degree, but learning the roots of design through fine art and the superb impartation of this knowledge by Mary Vernon, was like three semesters of master classes in “page design” and compelling reader interest. The insights I gained from Mary Vernon’s courses have permeated and enhanced my life culturally, also. I wrote to her in the mid-nineties to thank her for her superb teaching, and received a lovely note in return.

Because of the quality of the educators at SMU, I could list many more “favorites”:

Dr. John Welsh and Jerry White at the Caruth Institute of Owner Managed Business, whose classroom lectures and advice enabled me to understand management of the small enterprise, or a large department within a corporation — all of which proved valuable to my professional growth. Their lecture that a business failure or two is part of earning an MBA by experience, was a good preparation for the business world. The two most important qualities that stayed with me is Dr. Welsh’s lectures on “love” and caring for the employees, and the customers, and Jerry’s thorough impartation of managing cash flow as a key factor in small business success.

Barbara Colegrove, my faculty advisor in the journalism department. . . many evenings at the dining table in her home as her paper grader. . . and her sage wisdom in reporting and the all important fact checking. . .

. . . and so on and on. . .

Thanks SMU for such excellent faculty!

A memory submitted by William Fisher, Class of 1954

Joe Harris was my professor in embryology & anatomy. He wrote on the chalkboard with both hands so it was hard to keep up with my notes.

On final exam darned if I didn’t pull a blank on a question so I wrote down for the answer “Bird, capable of flight & reproduction.”

Amazing that he kept a file of ridiculous answers. He pulled out a card one time and darned if it wasn’t mine! We both had a good laugh!

A memory submitted by Angela Meyer, Class of 1983, 1985, 1987

My mentor and huge influence on my professional life was Dr. Paul Packman – Mechanical Engineering Department Chair and my MS and Ph.D. advisor. He always had a story to tell; always had a piece of some broken fixed wing or rotary helicopter in his office to show you. Not only did he teach me all about fracture and fatigue of materials; he introduced me to the world of litigation consulting and also to the world outside of Dallas through food and stories of his travels around the world.

A memory submitted by Alexandra Dillard Lucie, Class of 2005

My favorite SMU professor was definitely Barbara Kincaid. I took both of her law and taxation classes in the Cox School, and I LOVED them. She is a role model to all business-minded and career-driven women. I actually took my first class with her at SMU-in-Taos. This was an interesting choice compared to most of the more liberal arts and cultural courses that are typically offered in this environment. It was a challenging class, and I loved her passion for teaching! She’s wonderful!

A memory submitted by Samuel W. Hopkins, Jr., Class of 1963

Dr. Albert Outler was the foremost American historical theologian of his era when he was on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology. His world standing was so great that the Catholic Vatican II conference asked him to be their consultant about the patristic fathers of the Christian Church.

In his seminars with students, he would ask us what had been our undergraduate major and then would ask us a question about our respective fields of study that we could not answer. His class lectures were so well attended that you had to arrive early to get a seat and everyone stayed past the end of the class if he had more to tell us.

In Greek mythology, the great hero Odysseus says at Troy that his obituary should say that he had lived in the time of Archilles and Hector. My claim to fame is that I was a student of Dr. Albert Outler.

A memory submitted by Stuart Van Auken, Class of 1962, 1966

Dr. Frank Millar hands down was the best professor that I experienced at SMU. I had Dr. Millar for Intro Marketing in a class of 90 students. One day I was walking across the campus and we passed one another. As we passed he said Hello Mr. Van Auken. You could have knocked me down. How could he possibly know me?

Dr. Millar was a brilliant instructor with a rigor unique to himself. On the first day of class he told us that we would have four quizzes with 15 questions on each. All of them true/false with each question counting two points for your T/F answer and the documentation of your answer through the use of a marketing theory or principle counted four points. Thus you can get all of the T/F correct and still fail the exam. He made us think in a way and challenged us like no other.

A memory submitted by Jeff Lamberth, Class of 1988

Paul Rogers — simply a first class professor and friend.

Was our “chaperone” in Oxford, England. An excellent teacher and genuinely cared about his students. Accomplished many important milestones while dean of the law school. The stories from Oxford after he went to bed are too numerous and NSFW!!!! If he only knew.

An excellent tennis player, especially on grass. The law school is privileged to have him as a member of the faculty.

A memory submitted by Tom Eames, Class of 1969

Jack Stibor.

I took macro economics from Jack.

He introduced me to the concept of a “value judgment”. It has helped me sort through the presentations of “facts” that really reflect the values of the presenter. It was a mental breakthrough for me, having been trained as an engineer drawing conclusions based on logic and facts.

Thanks Jack.

A memory submitted by Joseph Newman, Class of 1983

Dr. Lonnie Kliever was a professor of religion and really opened my eyes and mind with his classes. I was a pre-med student and took some very challenging and difficult classes. Dr. Kliever’s Philosophy of Religion was one of the toughest classes during my college tenure. I’m sure he never knew what a profound impact he had on my life both then and now.

A memory submitted by Marian MacKay Pfeiffer, Class of 1983

John Lunsford who was one of the best professors I have ever had. His complete knowledge of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Colombian art was magnificent not to mention his breadth of knowledge of Art History in general.

Sandra Comini carried students to a different world with the enthusiasm of having lived it all herself. She was alive with the music, the poetry, the current events, the art, the politics the everything of any era she presented and made it come alive.

A memory submitted by James Mongaras, Class of 1977

Dr. Ann Thomas was my favorite professor. (Dr. Ruth Morgan comes in at a close second).

I took all the undergraduate Constitutional Law classes that Dr. Thomas offered, which as I recall was 4 or 5. She had a way of making the Supreme Court cases we studied come alive and how the cases impact our lives. She also shared many stories of growing up in Europe during World War 2 and what she and her family had to do to survive.

She instilled in her students an appreciation for the law. I always enjoyed attending her class even though her classes were always MWF at 8:00!

A memory submitted by Kay Barber Dalton, Class of 1981

Dr. Charles Helfert!

Dr. Helfert’s entire semester of the drama class, Mirror of the Ages! Spring-’81

His smile, laugh, total encouragement and acceptance of any crazy idea we came up with! An assignment to highlight our talent – I drew his character with a pen in my mouth on my hands and knees accompanied by Ravel’s Bolero. I think he kept it- ?

I did love Mary Vernon – no art intro class in the world could have been as captivating as hers! ’77-’78

De Forrest Judd was awesome too – navigated freshman girls through the initial process of live “male” models with tact, expertise and a little humor at times! ’77-’81

Larry Scholder – wonderful!! NYC art history inter-term! Dec/Jan. ’80-’81! The Nutcracker-Lincoln Center New Year’s Eve! He shared his favorite and BEST pizza place near MOMA!

Oh no – we can only have one?!

A memory submitted by Jana Wallis, Class of 2008

My entire experience in the Journalism department was incredible and I would love to list every single one of my professors (full-time and adjunct) as my “favorite”.

Tony Pederson’s class on ethics was always insightful and intriguing, and attending SMU-in-London in the summer of 2006 was an invaluable experience.

But my strongest memory was of Jayne Suhler’s literary journalism class; it was more like a book club and I learned so much about truly great story telling, and discovered two authors that have become favorites. Professor Suhler was a trusted adviser and wonderful teacher, she was a major contributor to my years at SMU!

A memory submitted by Joseph Layman, Class of 1966

I had two favorites. One was Mr. Melvin Riley who taught accounting. One day he had asked my father who was in town and ran a manufacturing business to address the class. I was running late and grabbed my wallet which was my other wallet because I didn’t have time to look for the one I usually used. My father asked for my wallet for part of his demonstration. When he opened it up a moth flew out and the whole class roared. Mr. Riley defended me the rest of the term.

The other was Dr. Bowles who taught Labor Law. He always made what would normally have been a dry subject into a humorous course. He was great.

A memory submitted by Mike Holt, Class of 1972

Without a doubt the greatest teacher I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in their class was Lon Tinkle. I only wish I was able to tell him that today.

Prof. Tinkle maybe had 20 students signed up for his history class, but there would generally be 30-40 in attendance just to hear his stories. He spoke of history as if he were there, and knew those from our past on a personal basis. He would often move freely during the course of a lecture from English to French to Spanish, depending upon the character he was speaking. The wonderful thing was that it made no difference to the class. We were THERE with him in the moment.

I still have a test I took under him that I hold dearly. He was great friends with J. Frank Dobie from the University of Texas, and his book about him and 13 Days to Glory are of course classics. I can still see his white hair, mustache, and smiling face. He was a chip off the old block… a true American Original.

A memory submitted by Philip Riegel, Class of 1982

Dr. Bruce Pringle was my favorite professor at SMU. He was not only intelligent and creative, but he had a hilarious sense of humor and always took time in his busy schedule to mentor and show care for his students (unlike most SMU faculty I knew). His joy and excitement for a topic was contagious. His classes were more like educational seminars. He was not only my teacher and mentor but he was also my friend.

I enjoyed being his Teacher’s Assistant, using Dr. P’s skills and methods to mentor, teach and encourage younger students. I will never forget him and the impact he made on my life. I praise my Lord Jesus for the blessing of knowing Dr. Bruce Pringle!

A memory submitted by Stephen Burge, Class of 1977

I had Dr. Harold Jeskey. Two things defined him. He would talk about studying with the “little lady”, if you were a guy. This was to emphasize the need to study hard. The second thing was his tests. The first page everyone should get, if they studied. Second page was for everyone that studied hard. Third page only he and God knew the answer. Fourth page, only he knew the answer.

I still remember things that he taught us in Organic chemistry.

A memory submitted by Mark Logan, Class of 1992

Never before and never since have I witnessed a lecturer captivate an audience so wholly as to elicit a standing ovation at the conclusion of every single session. Dr. Alessandra Comini folded art history lessons so masterfully into a period story that every student could savor as the most spectacular explosion of heart and mind.

A memory submitted by Bob Emrich, Class of 1970

John Stieber, Professor of Economic Policy, Ph.D.

I had the pleasure of taking a graduate level course in econ that John was teaching at the Cox School of Business. This wasn’t my first economics class, but it was far and away my most enjoyable. Somehow, Jack was able to make us all laugh — every day — even though we all know how dry and boring an econ class can be. Jack’s secret was telling stories we could all relate to, which helped us better understand things like supply and demand and how they relate to everyday business decision making. We talked about real life current events and why certain things made more sense than others, wage and price administration, and justifying the highest paid CEO’s salaries.

I remember all this stuff, and that was 44 years ago! There was more class participation in that course than any other I can remember. Why? Because we all enjoyed that unique learning experience that Professor Stieber created in his magical classes.

A memory submitted by Leslie Richardson, Class of 1988

Jack Myers

I talked to Seamus Heaney the year after he judged the National Book Award and gave Jack Myers the prize. Heaney said, “All the big names entered their manuscripts. And there was so much, ‘Look at me! I’m a poet!’ Then I came across Jack’s book, and it was authentic, and exciting. I’d like to meet the man. Tell me about him.” I did, of course.

Jack Myers was my favorite professor. He was rigorous, even though he was teaching “Creative Writing,” and many people, students and faculty alike, think a class should be easy. I learned enough from a few semesters with him to carry me successfully through an M.A. at Johns Hopkins and Ph.D. at U of Houston. I think his recommendation letters carried a lot of weight. He didn’t pat everyone on the head and tell them they were great, so I don’t think he earned as many “Outstanding Professor” awards as he truly deserved.

A memory submitted by Amy Cardin (Patterson), Class of 1981

Hands down, my favorite professor was Marshall Terry. His Creative Writing classes were inspirational and downright FUN! Marsh always encouraged us to find our own voice and to never give up. To this day, some of my best SMU memories are from his class. And one final icing on the cake was that he presented me my diploma at graduation. It doesn’t get any better than that!

A memory submitted by Bernette Austin, Class of 1972

Louise Mueller and Lloyd Pfautsch from the SMU School of Music are two of my best SMU memories.

To say that Dr. Mueller’s music theory class was “lively” is an understatement. Her mischievous sense of humor and special talent for “fronting us out” when we each made mistakes while attempting to sight read music aloud caused us to fear her yet enjoy the fun, since we were all equal targets of her humor. Occasionally she played her cello for us, and it was beautiful. Dr. Mueller was one tough lady, but I loved her because she was fair to everyone. And, as one of the first and few minorities in SMU at the time, her fairness meant a lot to me.

Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch was my choir director. He had a big, gregarious personality and was just a lovely, likeable, as well as supremely gifted, gentleman. When he laughed, it was in a mellow baritone that came from a place deep within his belly and from his heart. And, what beautiful choir music he composed! One of my favorite of his compositions was the then choir theme song, “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands All Ye People.” Those were wonderful days!

A memory submitted by Hal Easter, Class of 1977

Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, choral conducting professor. Wonderful people skills, great at making the seemingly daunting task simpler, taught us to analyze and break down complex pieces into approachable components, then rehearse properly until the expected result happened every time. His work and caring for each of us in a way that encouraged rather than belittled us was not truly appreciated until years later. He was a model teacher and was widely respected by thousands.

A memory submitted by Janece Wooley, Class of 1992

Of all my Psych professors, Dr. Pennebaker’s tests were so crucial that the sinister look he had passing out the test has never left my memory bank!

Dr. Tedford, however, who rarely came to class without his signature cigarette hanging from the side of his mouth and never lost said cigarette while he delivered his entire lecture, takes the grand prize! While his tactics and class room demeanor seemed rather wild, I learned life lessons and the most bizarre forms of abnormal psychology to which I will always cherish with a smile!

Thanks SMU! The psychology department during my tenure was the absolute best and I am sure I am biased!

A memory submitted by Edward Vela, Jr., Class of 1970

First, my educational experience at SMU was very different from UT/Austin where I earned a B.A. and graduated with honors. At SMU, there was much more opportunity, even encouragement, to consult with faculty on questions and problems. It is simply a difference in size.

I believe I was in the first MLA graduating class in 1969-1970.

My paper, “Florence Nightingale as a Statistician,” was chosen to be read at what I believe was the first MLA symposium in 1969. Dr. Paul Minton who taught a Statistics course in the MLA program was instrumental in guiding me toward the completion of a successful paper.

A memory submitted by Jim Cash, Class of 1976

David Springate taught me to not only us the skills that I had acquired in undergraduate and graduate but taught me how to perform in depth analysis. He essentially taught me how to think like a professional. He also got me off my underachieving behind and got me active in school. There were other terrific professors, but I also think of Professor Springate when I look back at my MBA. Thanks David!

A memory submitted by Ronal Stuart, Class of 1968

I began SMU at Dallas College night school. I transferred in with a disaster transcript. The University didn’t want to accept me in the College of Business. I was taking a course taught by Frank Young an had ended the course with an A.

Frank stepped forward and saw that I got in the business school. I graduated with a 4.6 GPA.

A memory submitted by Stephen Rockafellow, Class of 1988

Dr. Jim Gerhardt was my Political Science professor as well as the Faculty Advisor for the lacrosse team. While we had little support for lacrosse at that time, the sport has grown tremendously, and I am very grateful for the support this man gave our team. I wish we had more people like Dr. Jim Gerhardt at SMU. He is a gem, although he has been lost from my radar. I hope to see if he could be located in the Dallas area.

A memory submitted by Bob Byrd, Class of 1969

Dr. Hobgood, chairman of the theatre department, realized that I was lonely on my first Thanksgiving in Dallas. He took me with his family to a dinner at a restaurant and then to a movie.

I was sick once, and he came to visit at the infirmary. He arranged ways for me to see concerts at McFarlin for free, and generally kept an eye out for my morale during my three years on campus.

He was a great mentor in theatre studies, but I best remember him for his keen perception of the kind of help I needed and his generosity in giving it.

A memory submitted by Thomas Neal Combs, Class of 1966, 1968

Professor Ballard

A wonderful history Professor who brought the Old South and Civil War to life. You felt yourself charging the ramparts at Vicksburg and the Hill at Gettysburg, but you also were exposed to the economic and social issues that led to the possible dismemberment of the US.

He could stand on a chair and act the part of a general leading his men, whether North or South, with hand upheld to brandish the saber.

He could also draw the picture of the misaligned values in the South when he told the story (apocryphal or not) of his Grandfather being sent to New Orleans from Mississippi with a slave to get and education. As he related, his Grandfather enjoyed the vice of drink in New Orleans while the slave sent to serve him sat through the classes and received an education that would permit the former slave to run the plantation after the war as the Grandfather was not equipped to do so.

A memory submitted by Eric Nohe, Class of 1983

I attended “Composer’s Seminar” with Donald Erb. Erb is an historically important composer. Erb exposed us to freedom in in modern composition while rejecting the soul-deadening restrictions of serialism.

Erb demonstrated important techniques of composition: thickening and thinning of textures, contrasting contrapuntal melodic structures, contrasting tonal centers and contrasting dynamic structures. In sharp contrast to the academic and performance classes; Erb’s Composer’s seminar was the only class that encouraged creativity that I experienced at SMU.

I composed a work for electronically modified Classical Guitar (as part of the seminar), that was chosen by Martha Graham to be choreographed by graduate students in Dance and to be performed in a Dance Department recital. Ms. Graham coached the Choreographers/dancers in rehearsal at which I performed the work, that I composed. The collaboration with the dancers and Ms. Graham was the best artistic experience that I had at SMU.

A memory submitted by James Cornelius, Class of 1977

My favorite professor was Frank Young, Insurance, Cox School of Business. I took every class he taught because he made so interesting the normally dry subject of insurance. He had a practical and oftentimes humorous approach to the curriculum which kept the students alert and interested in the subject matter.

His real life examples of insurance claims and risk management was very practical. Frank actually was very instrumental in getting me my first job after graduating. I have been in the insurance industry for 36 years and almost every day I look back on some of Frank’s practical teachings in running my insurance agency.

What a great asset Frank was to SMU.

A memory submitted by Paul Parkey, Class of 1983

Favorite professors: Sam Zimmerman, Spanish Phonetics and Spanish Literature. Rama Ramachandran, Economics.

Zimmerman, learned linguist, loved alliteration illustrating flow of beautiful romance language if one were to be not only understood, but embraced. Zimmerman was teacher who made learning fun, who obviously loved his chosen field, and challenged students to be better. Zimmerman compelled a love of learning, and he was truly respected by anyone who was lucky enough to encounter one of his classes.

Ramachandran introduced me to tenets of market capitalism, and more importantly the teachings of the late Milton Friedman. Perhaps nobody better conveys the freedoms of market capitalism than Mr. Friedman, and Ramachandran, in his thick Indian accent, drilled these lessons into our naive little heads. Understanding very little of the concept at the time, I look back at Friedman’s book, Freedom to Choose, as a modern day masterpiece, and it was Ramachandran who not only introduced me to Friedman, Freedom to Choose, and his teachings, but allowed us to apply these teachings to everyday life and the pursuit of individual liberty. For that, I am forever grateful, and have continued to espouse these beliefs in both my family and business.

A memory submitted by Jan Williams, Class of 1982

Because of Alessandra Comini I now have a minor in art history. I took my first art history class my sophomore year and became enthralled with the subject. Comini was like watching a one man show. She acted, sang and performed the hour and half long class each Tuesday and Thursday. I can still she her on the stage in the auditorium in Dallas Hall. She was a real inspiration to me and instilled a love of art!

A memory submitted by Jonathan Wallunas, Class of 2014

In my freshman year adjusting to the academic challenges of college was getting to me and I was feeling frustrated that I wasn’t achieving what I felt I was capable of in my sociology class.

I met with Professor Keller to review my work. After our meeting I received an email from him that to this day I have kept. His words of encouragement and his belief in me really made a difference. Teachers like Professor Keller is why I choose SMU. See email below.

From: “Keller, Matthew” Date: December 16, 2010 To: “Wallunas, Jonathan” Subject: SOCI 2310.005

Dear Jonathan,

I hope all is well. I wanted to briefly write you about SOCI and your final grade. Two things:

1) I hope you are not too disappointed with where you came out. Your final exam came out at approximately the same range as your first two exams, which brought the overall score a bit lower than we both hoped. But this leads to point two:

2) I just wanted to say that I think you are an intelligent and thoughtful individual who has a lot of promise. The grade in my class is basically a result of the exam scores. But once you find the key that unlocks your exam-taking potential, I think you are going to be an excellent, excellent student. Your writing reflects your capabilities

A memory submitted by Ron Grant, Class of 1969, 1972

So many greats – In undergraduate – Dr. Elmer Cheatum (biology), Dr. Caldwell (English), Dr. Brown (government), Ann Thomas (government), Dr. Ballard and Dr. Hawkes (both history), Dr. Fred Wendorf (Nature of Man). In law school, Dr. Joseph W. McKnight, Walter Steele, Bill Flittie, Dr. Taubenfeld, Roy Ray, Dr. Jan Charmantz, Dr. Lennart Larson. And so many more!

These people really changed my perspective on life. I could talk about each of them for quite a while, but there isn’t enough room here.

A memory submitted by Steve Hixon, Class of 1975

I had some great professors, but for sheer passion, creativity and enthusiasm I would have to say that Mary Vernon was my favorite. I took one or two art history courses from her. I later took more art history classes at another school, only to realize that it was indeed possible to make the subject boring; I can assure you that no one in Mary’s classes was bored.

A memory submitted by Jeff Sexton, Class of 2004

I was looking to redirect my career when I entered SMU after over ten years of working in progressing roles in engineering. Always being analytical, and numbers focused, I felt a path in finance would be a natural fit – until I had my first marketing course with Jim Kindley. The course was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It took me out of my comfort zone.

I recall a meeting with Jim early on after the first couple weeks of the course when I was struggling. He reinforced the need to defend a position or an idea with conviction if I was going to be successful in his class. It changed my approach, and ultimately the path I would choose.

It had a great impact on my career, not just because I found a passion in marketing but have also given me the confidence move into challenging roles which have allowed me to grow professionally and personally.

A memory submitted by Luis Gonzalez, Class of 1989

Alessandra Comini

Her survey course of 20th century art was by far the best class I ever took. At 26, working toward graduate degrees in administration, I seriously considered starting over again and studying art history. Dr. Comini enchanted her students with erudite and profound judgments of the societal conditions reflected in great art. Although she spoke about esthetics, she emphasized the inseparable link between the artist and his/her time and place.

Although I took her class with at least 100 students, I felt she was teaching me, and me alone. Such impact was her teaching mastery that just recently a friend asked me who my favorite artist or art period, and the following was my answer, echoing Dr. Comini from two decades ago: “German Expressionism – Kirchner, Nolde, Heckel, Marc, Kandinsky, Clee, Beckmann, Dix, Kokoshka, Schiele, et al. Much of this art exists because Hitler stole it from Jewish collectors, labeled it “degenerate art,” and sold it to American museums and collectors to fuel his war machine. Lots of this art was burned along with books. Germanic culture at the end of the 19th century and into WWII was the apex of Western European culture intensified by growing urbanism, technological advancement, and post WWI burden such as hyperinflation, war reparation, and extreme differences between rich and poor. The decadence and reality of the greatest culture of the modern area in decline was conducive to extraordinary creativity, a veritable kiln for a new “expression” of urban living, sophistication, desperate living conditions, and decadent living with crumbling morality. This was the backdrop from which Hitler’s nationalism arose.”

Most importantly, Dr. Comini taught me that my personal reaction to any art piece was as valid as any critic or art historian. I’ve passed on this confidence to my children who also appreciate art because of her.

A memory submitted by Kevin Hall, Class of 1973

It’s not even close. Dr. Don Jackson.

I was in an investment class as a senior in 1973. There were 16 of us in teams of 4. Three teams had $33,000 each to invest in the stock market. Very conservative investments. My group had $10,000. We could be much more aggressive. I think Dr. Jackson put up the 10K personally. We met only two times a month with Dr. J. However we were required to slip our trades and the justification for buying the stock under his door each week. This was REAL MONEY. Not the typical Monopoly money.

Each teams had three stock brokers that were former Dr. J’s students. We drove them crazy. Four guys who’s grades were totally dependent on ROI (Return on Investment). Only. We would get out of class and run for the nearest phone to see what Robin Teck, Mastek, or whatever we held in our portfolio was doing in the market. All four of us – five times a day. It was great!

We turned our $10,000 into $18,000 in six months. Dr. J recommended both companies… go figure. My thought… shoot, this making money is easy. Then I got out in the real world!

He is by far the most dynamic professor of all time. His class was in a very large room and was always ‘sold out’. I loved the guy, along with everyone else that met him.

A memory submitted by Eric Rhein, Class of 1983

Professor John Kennedy was the best teacher I ever had. He was funny, absent minded, appeared to teach on the fly, and would sometimes bring the wrong text to class or would walk into the wrong lecture hall in the law library. But none of that mattered. He was brilliant and interesting and made complex concepts of the federal courts and civil procedure seem less complicated, and he brought out the best in his students.

We all loved him, and it was hardly a surprise when he won the first $3000 Donald Smart Teaching Award in ’83, the year my class graduated. Professor Harvey Wingo and Professor Frederick Moss were also in that class of “master teacher.”

A memory submitted by Don McNeil, Class of 1967

Dr. Harold Jeskey was one of my favorite instructors of all time. He is the only professor I have ever know who could write two different things on the board and be telling a joke while he was writing and never miss a beat. He was also an excellent handball player and I spent many hours of the handball courts under what is now Ford Stadium!

A memory submitted by Sherri Price, Class of 1983

Dr. John M. Claunch. Such a brilliant man but extremely giving of his time and knowledge. He taught government and was Dean of Poly Sci and Dean of Dallas College. He wasn’t easy but always fair, and he loved SMU. You would always see him at football and basketball games. He was a Pony thru and thru! He became President of George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee but when he retired from there he came home to his beloved Ponies and even taught a class or two!

A memory submitted by Dustin Whittenburg, Class of 2003

My favorite memory of a faculty member at SMU is working as a research assistant for Professor Joseph W. McKnight. It started as a way to earn a little extra money. It developed into an experience that forced me to apply critical thinking skills.

I can still remember going to the rare book room at the law library to see him. I spent a good portion of my third year working on several articles and a book for him. During that time he taught me how to read between the lines and analyze a situation for what was really happening. Many times this requires one to ignore what is being proposed as actually occurring.

A memory submitted by Katie Gordon, Class of 1986

My favorite teacher at SMU was David Weber, hands down. He was a brilliant professor of history, and he had a way that MADE you want to learn. He wrote many books, and besides his knowledge of the southwest, he truly LOVED the southwest. He was kind and laid back and patient and such a wonderful mentor to so many. He became my friend for life and we kept in touch until he passed away. He had a profound impact on my SMU experience, and I will forever be grateful I was his student.

A memory submitted by Tracy Machado, Class of 1995

I have a short list of favorite professors from my time at SMU. Each of these professors had a lasting impact on my career and life.

In no particular order:

– Jonathon Sokobin, corporate finance. Professor Sokobin’s course on corporate finance directly drove my career direction. His class was fun & engaging, and I’ve been loving my career in corporate finance ever since graduating from SMU.

– John Slocum, organizational behavior. Professor Slocum taught real life lessons in his course on organizational behavior. His class was so interesting that I invited friends from other majors to attend with me just to listen to his lectures.

– My Russian language professor. I think he was also the Dean of the program. I don’t recall his name, but he took a personal interest in my studies and helped me to secure a partial scholarship for my study abroad in Russia. Life changing in every way. Because of his encouragement, I met my current husband that summer in St. Petersburg, and our home continues to follow the theme of Russophiles.

A memory submitted by Tara Barklow Kinder, Class of 1995

Bonnie Wheeler was an amazing teacher – she enveloped the students with experience and knowledge. She invited students into her home and showed them the reality of what she was teaching us. I currently live around the corner from her. I point out her house nearly every day to my own kiddos!!! She made me a better student at SMU, a better teacher in HPISD, and a better parent in the area!!!

A memory submitted by Christian Wik, Class of 1985

Joseph Jude Norton was my favourite professor during my one year LLM studies 1984-1985. He was sort of our campus father and always took care of our interest and well being also outside the studies by inviting us to his home or arranging other free time gatherings. One particular development in the LLM program that year, which I think was for the first time and to be credited to Joe, was the opportunity to work during the spring semester one day a week at a large Dallas downtown law firm, which I did at Thompson & Knight and with good memories.

Thank you Joe!

A memory submitted by David Ziff, Class of 1966

Joe Franchina was a new psychology assistant professor who needed help in his lab. I worked for him for two years, babysat his daughter at times and we published some research together. He gave me a table to work at in his office and a key to the door. He was an inspiring mentor and a very important influence in my life.

A memory submitted by H. Lloyd Kelley III, Class of 1967

Prof. Joseph McKnight was my favorite law school professor. He taught a Legal History Seminar that had a small number of students. We got to know and appreciate Prof. McKnight on a close, personal basis. He was a fine and compassionate teacher with a good sense of humor and a true dedication to the law and to the education of his law students.

A memory submitted by Anga Sanders, Class of 1970, 1977

Dr. Kitty Ruth Norwood, who taught freshman Discourse and Literature, awakened in me a talent and love of writing.

As an extremely timid and completely unsure student from a small East Texas town, I felt totally out of my league. During the first class, Dr. Norwood had us write a short paper. I panicked, since I couldn’t really think of a thing to write. Yet knowing I had to put something on paper, I wrote. About 10 minutes before the class period ended, inspiration struck! I had to scribble furiously, knowing time was running out. And then I had two papers. What to do? I told her what I’d gone through, and she agreed to accept both, but would only grade one. My choice. Oh, Lord! I asked her to grade the last-minute one. Next class period, she handed out papers in a certain order: lowest grades first. I was terrified, knowing I was about to be humiliated. But she handed me my paper last. I made the highest grade!

From that point on, I consistently received the highest grade. And at the end of the semester, Dr. Norwood recommended me for my very first job, as a Tutor-Counselor for Project Upward Bound at SMU. I have never forgotten her gentle guidance. She instilled in me the confidence to follow my own voice, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

A memory submitted by Ansel Jarratt Major, Class of 1958

Dr. Schubert Ogden – Systematic theology Dr. Albert C. Outler – Historical Theology

We were very privileged to have these two teachers at the School of Theology at the same time for several years. They certainly influenced my life and set me on the road to a life of study and learning. I talked to Dr. Ogden a few years back, thanking him of what he did for a generation of students, most of whom were headed for ministry in the United Church. I told him that what ever he did, actually TOOK. They both were tough, hard nosed, but also very personable and approachable.

I visited with Dr. Ogden several times after graduation and on each occasion he shared several books for me to read, and to my credit I bought and read them. I returned to the school of Theology 15 or so years and attended one of Dr. Ogden’s classes, which was a most delightful experience. Thanks for the opportunity to share my appreciation for these most outstanding teachers.

A memory submitted by John Falb, Class of 1967, 1969

Dr. David Ott, Professor of Economics

Sometime in the early 60’s, Dr. Johnston took over the Economics Department at SMU. His first achievement was to bring in a number of extremely gifted young professors (Dr. Lovejoy, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Ott, Dr. Farag, and others). David Ott taught several courses, including the first two introductory economics courses. He was a gifted and challenging teacher and married to Dr. Farag, an Egyptian women who actually smoked an old fashioned curved pipe as she taught. Together they were favorites of those of us that ended taking economics as a major. In truth, all these young professors were our favorites. They published, yet still made themselves available to their students and taught a full load of classes.

Dr. Ott and his wife left SMU shortly after my graduation. He became a member of Brookings and the President’s Economic Counsel. Unfortunately he passed away less than five years from his departure from SMU. Those of us at SMU at the time will always be grateful to Dr. Johnson (who also began the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU) that brought these young professors to SMU.

A memory submitted by Cindi Lambert, Class of 1985

Virginia Currey was my favorite professor. I enjoyed her classes so much that I took most of the ones she taught. During the Eighties, the women’s movement was still crystallizing and coming around to main stream society. Dr. Currey encouraged all students, including female students, to share their views without fear of intimidation or bullying. She discussed with us the ways in which women had made a difference in politics and had changed history. This was a very different viewpoint than many of the things women were hearing in the Eighties during the Reagan era. I enjoyed her encouragement of a free discussion and exchange of ideas in her safe, nonjudgmental classroom environment. She taught me confidence. Thank you.

A memory submitted by Jancye Bryant, Class of 1973

Professor Curry was my advisor because I was interested in Math and thought I would become a Math teacher. He suggested I might enjoy taking Accounting as an elective course. I asked him what that was and he said it was like Bookkeeping. Being an uninformed kid, I asked what that was. Trusting his judgment, I signed up for Accounting. All of my friends thought I was crazy to take such a hard class when usually people took fun or easy courses for an elective.

I will always be thankful for his advice – Accounting was already a part of my nature and I just didn’t know it existed. I had been “keeping books” when I operated my homemade crocheted rings and necklaces business when I was 17. Professor Curry was my Intermediate Accounting Professor and I still remember how he was so dramatic explaining what a “Suspense” account was that I thought he was teasing and I missed that question on the test. He was a great and interesting teacher.

Today I have my own Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation Business which I have operated for 31 years out of my home (while I raised my 4 children) and I owe it all to Professor Curry.

A memory submitted by Sara Hammond Hendrix, Class of 1975

Dr. Maurice Elton, French

I met Dr. Elton during my first days of orientation in 1971, probably due to my placing out of 12 hours of French at the college level. I enjoyed his courses as I progressed through my undergrad times. The BIG time came about 20 years later when I enrolled in SMU’s MLA program. I chose Contemporary France as my first course ‘back in college’, taught by Dr. Elton. His subject matter was so well-placed and relevant. When assigned a ‘research project’, I chose the Wine Industry of France. I got an ‘A’, but it also changed my life due to the research I did, and now I am a level 1 Sommelier on a passive basis, due to my passion for knowledge and moving forward with more education in that field. Thank you, Maurice!

A memory submitted by Brian Minietta, Class of 1999

My faculty memory involves Dr. Joerg Rieger.

When I was a seminary student, we had a project called the “West Dallas Work Project.” Dr. Rieger always taught that you must do theology with “dirt under your fingernails.” These were not merely words for him. On multiple Saturdays, we headed out to sites around West Dallas and did our best to make a difference. What a grand opportunity to hang out with a professor, work side by side with him, talk theology, and get our hands dirty together as we worked out & lived out our calling!

A memory submitted by Rusty DeMoss, Class of 1981

The best professor of all time is Mary Vernon, art history. She made not only the art of the ages come alive but the ages themselves. We used to have to line up at 5:00 a.m. at pre-registration just to be able to get in to one of her classes. She was challenging, intriguing, and hysterically fun. I know she is the reason for my ongoing love of learning and success in life. Thank you, Professor Vernon!

A memory submitted by Polly Granzow Viehman, Class of 1983, 2009

Everyone has a teacher In their past who made a difference in how they viewed the world. For me there were two; Jeremy Adams and Bonnie Wheeler. I believe I took every course Dr. Adams taught. And I accompanied them to Oxford one summer during which I learned a great deal about medieval history, Arthurian legend, and how to power through lengthy bus rides and castle tours on less than 3 hours sleep a diet heavy on liquid carbs. I wouldn’t trade a moment of the glories we saw and the marvels we experienced.

Doctors Adams and Wheeler pushed us to study hard and challenged us to think for ourselves. I became a history teacher myself, and I hope I can bring the same enthusiasm and passion to my students that Jeremy and Bonnie delivered to me.

A memory submitted by Rev. Charles A. Cox, Class of 1996

I was a student at Perkins School of Theology. The good LORD got me through 81 hours of classes when I could not handle more than one class at non-theological university.

The atmosphere of Perkins was so very different from any other school of higher education. Three instructors helped make education more exciting than any previous courses.

I enjoyed Billy Abraham greatly. Nothing specific, but he and I seem to hit it off well and we were on the same page theologically.

I enjoyed Zan Holmes’ preaching classes and tried to tailor my preaching style after his. Of course I fell far short.

My advisor was John Holbrook and we had a great working relationship.

There were others but from this point in time, memory dims and though faces are etched upon my memory, names do not always come forth to define them.

I was one of the “night crawlers” who started out on the first series of night courses offered by Perkins. I was working a 45-hour work week and going to classes at night. The last semester I had to take a leave of absence from my good-paying job to take my internship and move on to a new vocation.

A memory submitted by Charlie Dennis, Class of 1963, 1967

My Favorites (all deceased):

1) Dr. Harold Jeskey, Chemistry Professor, made the chemistry subject very funny at times and enjoyable always.

2) Dr. Jack P. Holman, Mechanical Engineering Professor, for his astute and good instruction for both Dynamics and Heat Transfer

3) Dr. George P. Schmaling, Professor Electrical Engineering, for his both serious and entertaining instruction for slide rule, scientific notation, mathematical simplifications, etc.

A memory submitted by Lisa Trent Meacham, Class of 1993

My favorite law school faculty memory was of criminal law professor Walter Steele. Soon after the beginning of my law school career, Professor Steele leaned back in his chair, propped his cowboy boots up on his desk, and slowly turned his “steely” gaze upon his eager 1Ls. He reached down, stroked his white beard and with absolute certainty, instructed his students how to correctly pronounce “voir dire” in the state of Texas. It was beautiful.

A memory submitted by David Wilemon, Class of 1960

My favorite professor was Dr. Frank Millar, Professor of Marketing. He was very knowledgeable about marketing and his theories were backed by real world experience. His classes were interesting and he always demonstrated an interest in each of his students. He was instrumental in shaping my own career as a professor in the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University.

A memory submitted by Keith Durrett, Class of 1981

My favorite SMU faculty member was Dr. John Peavy, Professor of Finance in the Cox School of Business. Dr. Peavy was an excellent communicator who excelled in simplifying complex concepts and applications.

Prior to taking several courses from him, I had no special interest in the world of financial management, corporate finance, or the exploits of the Federal Reserve System and the banking industry. Dr. Peavy’s friendly and approachable personality, along with his lack of inflated ego facilitated my meeting with him after class and in his office for additional guidance and instruction.

After graduating in 1981, I worked for a short time at Cameron Iron Works, Inc. in Houston in the Critical Services Department, only to recognize that I was the sole employee within that department not possessing an advanced degree. Immediately upon attaining my MBA, I was offered, and accepted, a full-time faculty position in the Economics and Finance Department at The University of Texas at Tyler.

In 1988, I authored a journal article which I was presenting at the Southwestern Society of Economists in New Orleans, Louisiana and happened to run into Dr. Peavy, who was attending my presentation. We spent some time catching up on our activities and I mentioned to him that he had played a significant role in my considering to become a university faculty member, and also let him know that I have tried to incorporate or model my teaching methodology after his when communicating somewhat complex and subjective economic or financial concepts and material to students.

Eventually, I taught a total of 13 years in the College of Business and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler, which along with SMU’s Cox School, has the prestigious AACSB accreditation.

Lastly, I thanked Dr. Peavy for the role he’s played in my life; which greatly surpasses the role of the typical instructor who shows little interest in student success, and most likely never even learns the names of the students who take their courses.

A memory submitted by Don Averitt, Class of 1959

My favorite professor was Roland Porth. He taught several accounting courses but the ones I really liked was the Income tax courses. I originally intended to major in finance and after one class in accounting I found it difficult but one of the accounting professors counseled me to give it more of a chance and reminded me that many of the corporations are headed by accountants and all of them require several officers to be accounting experts. After that I switched majors and became an accounting major.

I took the first income tax course with Prof. Porth and found him most entertaining when making an important point so you really learned more readily what could be a most demanding course. After the first tax course, I signed up for an additional course in tax under Prof. Porth. This course was primarily teaching the difference in the 39 IRC and the 54 IRC which meant that the old tax law was being replaced by the new tax law and when we graduated we would be the “new experts” in the radically revised law. The changes really affected the taxation of oil and gas.

When I went to my first job at a public accounting firm, I was the local expert in oil and gas taxation. This meant that I was the star of the junior accountants and most often the accountant that the treasurer wanted to visit with.

Long story short, I excelled in public accounting and moved into private accounting at a very high position. Today, I am a partner in an oil and gas investment company that is directly attributable to Prof. Roland Porth. May he rest in peace.

A memory submitted by Sara Ross, Class of 1998

Dr. Samuel Zimmerman – he was an engaging professor. Thoughtful, fun, both interested & interesting. He made Spanish fun! He helped me figure out how to add my Latin American Studies degree with only one additional class. He was a memorable part of my academics at SMU & I think of him fondly.

A memory submitted by Dana Cope, Class of 1991

Without a doubt Dr. Virginia Curry.

It was always exciting to see Dr. Curry arrive at the classroom having just ridden her motorcycle to campus and wearing her boots, cowboy hat with yellow rose attached and a cigarette between her lips.

Her real life stories about national and state politics were amazing. From the stories of the 1968 Democratic convention when she and a nun made the Chicago road trip to raise hell to the time our class attended the 1988 Democratic and Republican conventions – those were the days. Dr. Curry was extremely provocative, knew it, and didn’t care. Exactly what we SMU students needed to experience.

A memory submitted by Jorgann McShan, Class of 1973

Dr. Luis Martin

The MLA (MLS) post grad classes were wonderful! As I was in the 1st group to help launch the MLA degree., we were offered a MLA degree with each class costing $150, I think. In addition, we could choose ANY 10 courses. Dr. Martin was the highlight of my Masters’ program as I took 3 classes taught by him! Loved his accent & how delightful were his classes!! He is so entertaining that I would have taken anything he taught!! I was teaching at that time, so I took the classes as available & as I had the time!

A memory submitted by Bob King, Class of 1983

Dr. Franklin Balch was not only a brilliant professor who challenged my thinking and taught me how to write at the university level — he also cared deeply about his students as people. He was my academic advisor and, coincidentally, the faculty advisor to my fraternity. As a result I got to know him on a personal level. In addition to his amazing intellect, he also had a great sense of humor. He truly enjoyed both the seriousness and the silliness of college life, and he participated in both. He had no use for pomposity, either from “know-it-all” students or from University administrators (no names will be divulged here), and he was outspoken in pointing out hypocrisy.

To me he started off as “Dr. Balch” but by the time I had graduated, he had become “Frank”. When I heard he had passed away back in 2002, I was deeply saddened, but few lived a life as significant to others as did Frank Balch. He was loved by a lot of students. Thanks for the opportunity to write a few words about him.

A memory submitted by Nichole Wright, Class of 1998

Alice Kendrick, think she is still there running a department. I told her once that I did not like, nor watch much TV. She said I should think twice about majoring in advertising then. She was always very blunt, but right. I became a publicist in NYC where I lived for 12 years and now have my own event production business in LA.

A memory submitted by Homer “Butch” Henderson, Class of 1962

English professor Laurence Perrine stands with the saints upon the balcony of my life as one whose teaching and example have inspired and shaped me beginning with a freshman English class in the fall of 1958 and continuing until this very day. His meticulous and personal attention in grading and commenting upon each of my assigned essays provided me with both a measure of expertise and self-confidence of expression that served as a foundation for my over forty years of preaching and writing ministry. My thanks to him and to SMU abound.

A memory submitted by Ann Blasdel, Class of 1987

Loved having Dan Howard as my Marketing professor. I still enjoy watching commercials and looking at ads because of him. He gave interesting examples and some of his teachings still stay with me.

Also, never liked modern art so made myself take an art history class with Alessandra Comini. She was so full of energy and surprises! I liked that she photographed my notes to use in her presentation. I have a much better connection to modern art and the history of the time thanks to her teaching.

A memory submitted by Christine Karol Roberts, Class of 1985

Although my practice now emphasizes intellectual property law, Professor William Powers was my Torts professor in my first year at SMU Dedman School of Law. He made the subject of Torts come alive. I can recall, as if it was 1982 and I was back in the lecture hall at SMU Law, Professor Powers’ lecture on the eggshell skull rule. His lecture was both informative and interesting, as was each and every lecture he gave to our first year class.

Thanks for the memories now Dean Powers for helping to insure that my law school experience at SMU Law was interesting and worthwhile.

A memory submitted by Dr. Robert Esch, Class of 1961

Dr. Ima Herron was my favorite professor. She kept up with me as my career launched.

One day in class a wag asked, “Miss Herron, how long are we supposed to be reading Moby Dick?” She promptly replied, “Why Mr. Pierce, I’ve been reading Moby Dick all my life!” He said to those listening, but quietly, “Well, I hope it doesn’t take me that long.”

A memory submitted by Lee Werner, Class of 1970

Mary Vernon (although there were MANY others as well).

She was knowledgeable and dedicated to her field which was demonstrated in an enthusiast and exciting introduction to art history. She greatly influenced my decision to concentrate on that field. Professor Vernon personified the excellence that should be inherent in any professional engaged in the all important field of education.

A memory submitted by Robert Buell, Class of 1977

Ilya Mamantov, Russian Language Professor, had a real connection with students as well as being an outstanding teacher. My favorite memory was when he had a group of students to his residence for Easter dinner, Russian style…. best Easter ever. I ended up minoring in Russian area studies because of him. I used my language skills later in life when my wife and I went to Kirzhach, Russia several times to conduct a vacation bible school at an orphanage in that city.

A memory submitted by Kathleen Mulligan, Class of 1988

I loved all of my professors at SMU, but Peggy Loft is the person I consider to be my mentor to this day.

Peggy was our voice and speech teacher, and her teaching is the perfect example of how all of the skills taught to a young artist must ultimately be integrated. I always say that I learned more about acting from my voice and speech teacher than from anyone else I ever studied with. After a pretty satisfying career as a professional actress, I am now a voice and speech teacher myself. I think that says a lot about what I learned from Peggy, and I use what I learned from her every day as I teach young actors at Ithaca College.

When I was a second year graduate student, I was cast in the title role in Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. Its a huge role, and a demanding one. It was my first classical role! Peggy spent hours working with me one-on-one in her office: dissecting the text, examining the verse, and helping me make Webster’s heroine come alive for a modern day audience. I remember one day when we had been working for several hours already, and I broke down in tears out of frustration and mental exhaustion. Peggy did not let me quit, but she did give me a much needed word of encouragement. “You are doing very well. You are going to be wonderful. Now let’s keep going.” That’s all I needed. I have never forgotten that little pat on the back that kept me going.

I am still in touch with Peggy (although writing this makes me realize I am overdue for a phone call) and I still consider her my mentor. What a gift it has been to have such a wise and wonderful teacher in my life.

A memory submitted by Col J.E. Goodrich, USMC (ret), Class of 1972

Prof. Clyde Emery —– Undergraduate BS degree from THE University of Wisconsin!!!! —- Taught LAW @ SMU School of LAW & devoted untold hours of his personal time to law students. He wrote of WONDERFUL little booklet on how to stay SHARP, ALERT & ENGAGED for LIFE in the practice of THE LAW …… Long before it was ‘trendy’ he extolled the virtues of a HEALTHY LIFE STYLE & I have followed HIS ‘formula’ to this day …. THE VERY BEST LAW PROF & FRIEND any law student could ever have!!!!!! — RIP SIR & SEMPER Fi, Jerry….

A memory submitted by David Bacon, Class of 1975

Dr. Barney McGrath was one of the main reasons I attended SMU. He answered a letter that I wrote the school asking about admission with “We’d LOVE for you to come to SMU” with a personal invitation for a school tour and lunch afterwards. It was a big deal to me at the time, and I will always remember getting that letter from him. Later, I took several of his classes and remember them with great fondness in preparing me for a career in Radio/TV. Plus, how can you not like a guy whose name is Barney!

A memory submitted by Nelson Hernandez, Class of 2008

To me, Dr. Roger Dickey was the most influential professor that I had. It was an absolute privilege to attend several classes that he taught. It started with a freshman level class – something like Introduction to Environmental Engineering; he called me out for nodding off in class. At the end of my time at SMU, I was able to get to the point where we were discussing options for culvert size on HEC-HMS software for the senior design project.

Dr. Dickey approached instruction of his classes with great conviction; in turn, he expected the best from his students. He is a great professor. He is a great man.

A memory submitted by Kim Titus, Class of 1982

Dr. James B. “Barney” McGrath was my undergraduate and graduate advisor as well as being the department chair. He was always supportive even when he was having to be directive. I knew Dr. McGrath was an SMU graduate, himself, but was surprised to learn at his memorial that he had been a cheerleader in his undergraduate years. And then, it was no surprise at all. To be a student of Dr. McGrath’s meant having a coach, a mentor, but most especially one’s own cheerleader to encourage success. I do not think I would have gotten through the master’s program without his cheering me on.

A memory submitted by Wanda Kohl, Class of 1971

John Lundsford was my favorite Art History professor. He taught Pre Columbian Art and was fantastic. He made the culture and the people who created the works of art and architecture come alive so that we who were privileged enough to be in his class could truly experience the beauty that had been created. He gave most of us names that related to the people we were studying – I was Phantom Frog. I will never forget the experience of his class. It truly was an experience!

A memory submitted by Patricia Weindl Cash, Class of 1998

My favorite professors were Dr. DeNardo (Greek and Roman History), Dr. Sobol (Statistics), and Dr. Moscowitz (Strategy). All three EXCELLENT. They set the gold standard in teaching.

I very much enjoyed their classes – they kept it interesting (I still remember what I learned), were able to convey their knowledge (a lost art!), had a great sense of humor, as well as heart. They found the right balance – They challenged you and made you work hard, but allowed success to be attainable. It was a treat and they made me miss those days.

A memory submitted by Linda Olson (Eidsvold), Class of 1986

Luis Martin was by far the best professor one could ever have. From the first MINUTE of class he was absurdly engaging. He and his class, “The History of Mexico,” became legends at SMU. I actually learned a lot about the History of Mexico, but his class went much, much deeper and made one think about the opportunities that were presented to one for the simple luck of having been born American.

I will never, ever forget him, yet, there are few other professors I can even name from my college years.

A memory submitted by Fritz Holmstrom, Class of 1975

Dr. Balch (or Balsh?) was my Nature of Man professor in 1971. He was the most articulate, smart, interesting and caring professor that I can remember at SMU. I remember he once had our entire class (about 15 of us) over to his house for dinner with him, his wife and a small pack of whippets (dogs).

An oft used quote of Dr. Jeskey, Organic Chemistry, has proven wise and useful to me over the years: “First we must work hard, then we can play hard.”

A memory submitted by Linda White, Class of 1976

Luis Martin – what memories I have of this wonderful professor! He was my favorite professor for many reasons. He was energetic in the classroom and brought Latin American and Spanish History and literature to life. He took a group of us to Spain where my ancestors are from. It was amazing. At that time I was teaching high school and my students were the recipients of his energy and his wisdom. I was thoroughly engaged in my favorite time of higher education at SMU.

My only wish is that his knowledge and wisdom could be known worldwide. In those days, there was no social media. I believe, he would have loved the idea of delivering education to others worldwide.

A memory submitted by Susan (Dudrick) Burkholder, Class of 1981

Jo Brans was my favorite professor. She was witty, charming and engaging, bringing life to English class. We had dinner discussions and visits by Laurie Colwin and others. Ms. Brans obviously cared about her profession and about us. While I made more money after obtaining my MBA, I still wish I would have gotten a Ph.D. in English and followed in her footsteps.

A memory submitted by Janet Dizinno, Class of 1978

While I don’t have one single favorite memory, I do have a favorite professor: Dr. Robert G. Folger.

I attended SMU’s master’s program in social and organizational psychology, and Rob, as his graduate students called him, was my professor for several courses. He was also my academic adviser and thesis director. He was enormously passionate about the science of organizations and human behavior, and his students could not help but dive into that fascinating area of study with enthusiasm. He helped us create research groups and lab teams outside of class. The master’s program took only two short years to complete, but in that time, my peers and I saw ourselves transformed from students to scholars. He had great confidence in each of us, and he found opportunities for us to present our research at national conferences and then turn those presentations into publications in top-tier journals. He wanted to ensure that each of us had the necessary tools to make wise professional choices for the chapters that followed our SMU experience.

So many of his former students are now influential social/organizational scholars in academia or practitioners in the business world. Although he is no longer at SMU, he continues to have a positive impact on the lives of students. Thank you, SMU and Dr. Rob Folger.

A memory submitted by Ellen Sharp Tuthill, Class of 1996, 1998

I tried to decide on just one professor who impacted me above all others, but it is impossible to do it, because so many of them took the time to know and guide and inspire me. To my mind, that was the crucial difference between my experience at SMU and that of my friends at other schools.

I think I am most thankful for Bruce Levy, Jack Myers, Bruce Lunkley, Constantina Tsolainou, Greg Poggi, Bonnie Wheeler, Maura Mariani, and the inimitable Donna Mayer-Martin. Paula Hill also impacted and encouraged me in my newfound Christian faith as I navigated business school, for which I am eternally grateful.

A memory submitted by Greg Thompson MD, Class of 1985

I had so many fabulous memories of great faculty that are too numerous to mention. The chemistry and biology departments had wonderful faculty that made my experience fun. Ubelaker, Biehl, King, etc.

However my favorite memories were studying under Jeremy Adams and Bonnie Wheeler. They made medieval history come alive. I still read and study medieval history to this day. I was able to attend SMU-in-Oxford and study medieval England first hand. Tromping around Roman ruins and Anglo-Saxon burial grounds with Dr. Adams was wonderful. His energy and spirit was infectious! It was truly the highlight of a lifetime.

A memory submitted by Jason Sewald, Class of 2003

Lee Gibson and Dr. Alice Kendrick. Mr. Gibson has dedicated his career to helping students enhance their English skills and donated countless hours to after school tutoring. He is a great man and a true asset to SMU. Dr. Kendrick inspired many to think differently at positioning of products. She has always has time to discuss different ideas / projects with all her students.

A memory submitted by Jon Mamula, Class of 1983, 2003

Dr. William, “Bill” Stallcup was my freshman Biology teacher who went on to serve as interim President during a difficult time at SMU. Great teacher, always helpful and encouraging even to a long haired soccer player who had no foundation for the course. I went up to him at the end of the school year, shook his hand and told him it was the best “C” I ever earned. I earned that C and learned so much from his class.

A memory submitted by Jack Frost Sanders, Class of 1964

“Vaaaaa-lence.” Dr. H. Jeskey in Chemistry. As you can tell his voice still rings clearly in my head. And he loved SMU sports as well as academics and teaching. I shall not forget him who made a dry subject like Chem-101 so entertaining. I wouldn’t have missed a class for any amount of Au.

A memory submitted by Gerald Woerner, Class of 1964

Dr. Rudmose – Chemistry

Every day we had a daily quiz. “Books and papers away please” were the first words out of his mouth. It was a good incentive to study for every class. He also had frequent experiments where he would amaze the class with some chemical reaction. I couldn’t wait to go to class.

A memory submitted by Wilis “Jerry” Heydenberk, Class of 1985

Dr. Thomas Watson, a British professor, who taught on the SMU Perkins staff about 1982-87. He was wonderfully humorous and fascinating in his speech. I particularly enjoyed a class he led with about 8-10 graduates about Christianity in China. He made that such an effective learning laboratory!

Other than Professor Watson, I enjoyed Roger Deschner and John Holbert, although I did not have a class with him. His wit at Chapel and ability to pronounce all those OT words always amazed and delighted me. These, then, were my favorite Profs at Perkins.

A memory submitted by Mary Ann Lee, Class of 1967

I actually had 2 favorite faculty members: Dr. John Deschner and Dr. Albert Outler. Both not only talked the talk, but they walked the walk as Christians. They were kind, true gentle men, brilliant in terms of their subjects, but wholly present in mind and heart to their students. I will never forget the impact they made on my life.

A memory submitted by Art Buhl, Class of 1972

William Stieber – Economics.

Professor Stieber peaked my Interest in an academic area I was not strong in, and taught things I even use today.

Most of all, he took personal interest in my progress, sponsoring me as the first SMU Business School Co-operative Education student. My hands on management work experience at Ford Motor Company provided financial support, started my career, and elevated my academic record as well.

A memory submitted by Faulk Landrum, Class of 1961

It’s hard to choose. We listened to Shubert Ogden’s lectures (Ogden was a brilliant theologian), and Van Harvey translated them into English for us. It’s very hard to choose, but perhaps my favorite was Dr. Fred Galey (sp.?), in New Testament theology. By the time we got to final exam, he knew what each student’s grasp of the material was. So the final exam was one question, “Did Lazarus really rise from the dead?” He told us where to put the blue books and left the room.

A memory submitted by Martha Gail Simpson Conner, Class of 1953

I transferred to SMU my sophomore year. Had a great and encouraging math professor at my 1st college. I had to decide whether or not to major in Math or go into fashion Design when I then transferred to SMU. I found calculus hard and was discouraged. Also found I could not draw human models well. Had to decide. Dr. Starr and also the Dr. Muson, head of the math department encouraged me “BIG TIME”. After that I loved math and made all A’s. I sandwiched in a permanent Texas Secondary certificate, finished in only 2 years, got married that summer, began teaching in Junior High that next fall. Have never ever regretted my decision. Went on to get my masters and have 5 children and I was married to SMU director of Admissions. Have taught here in Fairfax County and also became book keeper and directors of publications at the National Art Education Association. My hubby was Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. I was directed by my professors into a very good life. I am very grateful to them. And to SMU.

It has been so long now, Not sure I could find any pictures. Could check 1953 yearbook. (runner-up beauty picture, tri delta, not much else).

A memory submitted by Ralph shive, Class of 1975

In my four years at SMU, ’71-’74, I had the pleasure of having classes with Dr. Donald F. Jackson in three of them. Beyond the finance material, Dr. Jackson had real world stories about the winners and losers in the stock market over various eras which were fascinating! He was also very personally engaged with students. I was a “back-row” kind of student, even got a C in one of my classes, but soaked up all of Dr. Jackson’s knowledge and became inspired to be a professional investment advisor– now in year 39.

Often, finding yourself or a career is a goal of attending college. In my case, Dr. Jackson changed my life for the better. Can’t thank him enough. I am so happy the University found a way to honor this all-star professor in the Business School.

A memory submitted by Mark Berry, Class of 1982, 1992

My favorite professor was Leo Puccaco. Leo basically changed my life by changing my major from CS to EE. Leo was charismatic. The sharpest dresser on campus. He always had his act together. He was a nut about Star Trek. He treated us more like friends than students. He put things plainly and told is like it was out there in the real world.

I remember a special project he had a few of us work on. There was a trade show in Dallas and he asked a few of us students to demo this circuit analysis software at the trade show. We spent all day working and afterwards Leo took us all to dinner. This was the first time I really felt like an adult and not just some college kid. Leo was also one of our sponsors when we started the student branch of IEEE while I was there.

Leo served SMU well for many years because my son Robert had the pleasure of having Leo as his undergraduate advisor when he attended SMU in 2005. Leo was his advisor for the first two years at SMU. I remember talking to Leo when my son attended SMU. He was the same great guy, impeccable dresser, no nonsense straight talker. Yes the hair and beard had gone gray, but his not on his charisma. It’s unfortunate that Leo is no longer at SMU. I still have one more child to go. Wish Leo was there to guide her steps.

A memory submitted by James Cribbs, Class of 1980

Dr. Jim Hopkins teaching a class about Victorian and Edwardian England. He came into class on the day a national election was held in Britain (in which Margaret Thatcher was eventually elected) wearing what he called a “worker’s cap” to show his solidarity with the Labour Party. He might have lost the election but he was a great teacher and I loved that class, I still have some of the books that he assigned us to read.

A memory submitted by James Fulton, Class of 1956, 1958

Dr. John M. Claunch, Chairman of the Department of Government and Dean of Dallas College (SMU’s then night school in Downtown Dallas).

Dr. Claunch influenced me with his personal interest in local government as an undergraduate and he began a program to train management trainees by joining the graduate student with local governments as interns. I was in the first group so established at SMU. He obtained financial aid for us (half price tuition) and continued to work with each of us for several years after graduation. He even started a local chapter of the American Society of Public Administration at SMU and was its first Chapter President. He remained friend and mentor until he left SMU to become President of another University.

I will always owe his friendship as the basis for my 40 plus years in public service both at the local municipal level and with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration until my retirement in 1997.

A memory submitted by William Grumbles, Class of 1971

During my Sophomore and Junior years as a non-Business undergraduate, I would hear very good reports from my Business School peers about a professor they referred to as “Young Don” Jackson. Second semester of my Senior year I registered for Dr. Jackson’s Investments class as an elective. Dr. Jackson proved to be the most effective teacher, emphasis on teacher, during my tenure at SMU. He also had a profound effect on what was to become my career.

One of our assignments for the semester was to maintain a portfolio of stocks from the $10,000 “given” to us by Dr. Jackson. We were to follow the companies in the portfolio each day in the Wall Street Journal, and then report on them at semester’s end. One of the stocks that I bought for the portfolio was TelePrompTer Corp., the largest cable television company in the country at the time. This stock became the clear winner in my portfolio over those few months. After graduation that spring, I pursued employment at TelePrompTer, where I began a career in the cable television programming industry lasting 30 years. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Jackson.

A memory submitted by Frank Skillern, Class of 1957, 1961

In 1954 I entered SMU with a general idea that I wanted to be a lawyer but without a clue as to what would be a good pre-law major. For some reason I enrolled in a course in Comparative Literature – I’m not sure why, probably because something like that was required.

I remember very well the first day of the course, when Professor Lon Tinkle walked in to start teaching. I think that about 30 minutes into that first day, I knew that my life would never be the same. I had never had a teacher who inspired me so much to want to learn what he knew (although I had a quite good English teacher at Highland Park). I went on to major in Comparative Literature (really to major in Professor Tinkle) and go on to law school.

I am not sure whether or not my major helped me in law school or as a lawyer, but it gave me a life long love of literature, especially drama – as I think about it, Professor Tinkle’s classes were small plays. After my career in law, I entered the business world – occasionally I thought that it would have been easier to run a business if I had taken a few business courses or some advanced math, but I would always think back to those golden days of Comparative Lit classes at SMU and realize that there was nothing that I would trade for them, or for Professor Tinkle. Many years later, at a charitable event, I had a chance to tell him how he had changed my life.

A memory submitted by Sarah Woolverton, Class of 1978

Professor Mary Vernon brought art alive for me. Her two survey courses began the process of teaching me how to look at, understand, and enjoy art. She sparked a fire in me to explore the world of art that continues to burn brightly. Her lectures were fun, innovative and she made the content very approachable. I still remember her description of a certain shade of pink in an Impressionist painting. She said it was that delicate shade of pink you get from a bowl of milk in which strawberries had been dipped, imparting their color. What a creative analogy that was! Although I was a business major, I went on to take other art history courses after the grounding I got in her introductory courses. Every place I have traveled since, I have sought out art museums.

A memory submitted by Max Jackson, Class of 1964

There were several faculty members in the Music School that I remember fondly, but the ones that had the greatest impact on me were Paul Velucci and David Ahlstrom. Both these men were encouraging to students and had time to give if we wanted to talk,ask information, opinions, etc. And most of all, they were friends.

A memory submitted by John Greer, Class of 1976

Dr. Barney McGrath, Chair of the Department of Broadcast and Film, reminding us of our responsibility as communicators to be objective, and to let the camera lens tell the story.

Dr. Brad Carter (Political Science), for his lectures that broadened my perspective of the world and its people.

Dr. Joe Frantz (Political Science), on loan from the University of Texas for one semester; sitting in Dallas Hall with the doors to the east portico open, feeling the spring air and listening to his personal recounting of the days in Austin when LBJ was just beginning to hit his stride as a legislator and master politician.

A memory submitted by Chris Jones, Class of 1967

My favorite professor was Dr. Ken Carroll. He taught religion from the 1950s through the early 1980s. Ken is a Quaker and was President of the East Coast Friends for 20 years in the 80s and 90s. He was a story teller and brought religion to life. He also was one hell of a tennis player. Not being a religious person, I believe it somewhat ironic that he was my favorite. He is retired and lives in Easton, MD, a beautiful community on the Eastern Shore. I do visit him when I can.

A memory submitted by Hector Chavarria-Garza, Class of 1982

In first place I want to express my gratitude to a Great University who provided me as a foreign student with the environment and facilities to pursue my dream.

Regarding Faculty Memories, the first one corresponds to Dr. Gerald Kane, who was the first person I met when I arrived at the University and one of my favorites professors.

The second one corresponds to my supervisor Dr. Robert Korfhage, who always supported me in my doctoral studies, he was my mentor and friend.

A memory submitted by Tina Phillips Roderique, Class of 1975

Dr. Thomas Barry changed my life, forever. I entered SMU as a music major and knew within my first semester that my sheer talent, not prerequisite of the Meadows School of Arts, paled in comparison to my driving love of music. I was lost and bewildered as to how to salvage my major when it was suggested by a KKG sorority sister to try one of Dr. Barry

A memory submitted by Elaine Seibert Lewis, Class of 1973

Dr. John Mears – He led the first group of students to study abroad at SMU in Graz, Austria. Not only had several of us attended his classes at SMU, but he made the Hapsburg Monarchy and Eastern European History classes come alive through our travels in Austria and ‘Eastern Europe”. He introduced us to culture and customs and encouraged us to explore Graz and other countries nearby. He was constantly making this a very special program, from lectures outside of class to special programs in Graz.

At SMU, he continued to support and challenge students in the history department, he always had an encouraging word!

A memory submitted by Hal Gibson, Class of 1950

I came to SMU as a junior in 1947 with hundreds of other World War Two veterans. The director of both the band and the orchestra was A. Clyde Roller, who was also a WWII vet and had conducted what was called the GI Symphony in Germany after the war ended. I had known Mr. Roller from pre-war days in the Oklahoma Symphony where he was the first oboe player.

He was a fantastic player and a great story teller. And the fact that he had been a sergeant in WWII was a major factor as he related to the many other WWII vets who made up these two main ensembles. We all had tremendous respect for his musicianship and the genuineness of he personality. In short, we all loved him. He left the year after I arrived and by a strange quirk of fate the person that followed him was my high school director from Oklahoma City, Oakley Pittman. Mr. Pittman was a great band director and I had admired him from my days in his high school band. We remained true friends after graduation and as time went by I became the commander and conductor of the Army’s top touring band, the U. S. Army Field Band with the rank of full colonel. Mr. Pittman was most proud of that achievement and felt that he had played a major role in my success. And indeed he had.

Another professor that greatly influenced my life and career was Mr. Jack Kilpatrick, a full blood Cherokee Indian. He was a composer and taught counterpoint, instrumentation, and composition. He loved all types of music and his great enthusiasm and sharp wit made every class a wonderful and lasting experience. I absolutely loved every hour spent in his classroom. In my senior year he wrote a French horn concerto for me that I premiered with the SMU Orchestra in McFarlin Auditorium and Mr. Pittman conducting. It was recorded on the old wax records of that day which probably lasted only a very few years, but the score for that concerto might possibly still be in the SMU music library.

I loved my days at SMU and respected all of the dedicated members of the music faculty.

A memory submitted by Louise (Lucy) Somes, Class of 2007

1. Sitting with Dr. Orlovsky and our Oxford professor at a restaurant in Ypres, Belgium sharing a Stella on a trip to Oxford during European Diplomacy.

2. Learning about the “Texas Myth” with Dr. Janet Harris in Southwest Literature.

3. Studying tribal spirituality in Primal Religions with the wonderful Dr. Bill Barnard.

A memory submitted by Larry Maday, Class of 1973

Dr. Maryhelen Vannier had the greatest life-changing impact upon me at SMU. In the course of required work to secure a 2nd teaching field in physical education, I took a recreation class under her instruction. I was inspired to the point of conducting a temporary career reset which took me out to graduate school at the University of Oregon in Eugene for a Master’s degree in Recreation and Park Management. She motivated me to make a visit to UO beforehand as an SMU upperclassman while putting me in touch with some recreation department contacts of hers out there. Without Dr. Vannier, I may have never had the memorable experiences out in that unique area of this country while gaining an advanced degree.

A memory submitted by William (Bill) Sterling, Class of 1952

During my freshman and sophomore years, 1948-49 and 1949-50, in Liberal Arts, my favorite professor was Dr. Aaron Q. Sartain of the Psychology Department. (I believe Dr. Sartain passed away several years ago). Dr. Sartain gave the first college class lecture I ever attended at 9:00 AM on one September, 1948, morning. He began the class with “a funny story” that I remember to this day. As a freshman, first person in my family to ever attend college, and recently returned to Dallas after living for 7 years through high school in New Orleans, I was a bit nervous and apprehensive about just what to expect. Dr. Sartain set my mind at ease for that course, that day, and literally for my entire 4 years at SMU.

I enjoyed several other courses with Dr. Sartain including one or two in Applied Psychology during my junior and senior years in the Business School.

About 10 years ago (I’m really guessing on that timing) while attending some SMU event on campus, I met and spoke with Dr. Sartain again for the first time since graduation. Obviously, he had aged (haven’t we all ?), but he still had a bright gleam of interest in his eyes. After reintroducing myself, I told him how very much I appreciated him and his courses over the years, and that I considered him “My favorite teacher” at SMU. I think both he and I felt good about that — I certainly did, knowing how important it is to let someone know you care.

A memory submitted by Nancy (Duncan) Woodall, Class of 1987

Alessandra Comini by far made the largest impact on my life. Her introductory Art History classes were tough, but I truly learned to appreciate all types of art. To this day an art museum is one of my favorite places to spend time.

Doc Breeden was also a favorite professor. He connected so well with his students. He was “cool”! He made history interesting!

A memory submitted by Chloe Madinger, Class of 2012

Professor Swann is my favorite professor because she was the hardest and I learned the most. She gave me confidence and taught me a lot about analyzing English literature. She also was very involved in getting to know her students and she has always tried to keep up with us even after we have graduated. She wrote a biography for me when I graduated and it impressed my entire family because they never had professors who took as much interest in their lives.

A memory submitted by Sheryl (Sherry) Black, Class of 1980

Dr. Mary Alice Gordon (retired emerita 1997) helped me discover an interest in the psychology of human/group interaction, leading me to Organizational Development. We discovered a connection through a related family of mine (Including the Dean of Dedman at the time) who were close friends of hers, and we became friends as she took my little family under her wing. She encouraged me to challenge myself with graduate courses, almost three full semesters worth, as an undergraduate. My success at SMU is uniquely and distinctively entwined with her and significantly affected by having her as a mentor and a professor.

A memory submitted by Rick Hebert, Class of 1972

The entire faculty of the Perkins School of Theology: passionate, brilliant, engaging, embracing, community-minded, manifesting the Wesleyan “formula” for uniting “knowledge and vital piety”: the interweaving quadrilateral of Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience.

A memory submitted by Buddy Ozanne, Class of 1970

Marshall Terry was a fabulous Creative Writing professor. Periodically, he would hold sessions at his home on Lovers Lane, usually to have completed stories read aloud by student authors in the class. One evening at one such session, Tom Harlen happened to bring a laughing box (a recording of a male voice laughing hysterically contained in a box with an on/off switch) with him. During the reading of a young lady’s short story.. a story which contained the phrase, “I was alarmed..” in multiple sentences, somehow, Tom’s laughing box got activated. The switch was flipped immediately following one of the overly used applications of the above mentioned phrase. Following that, no one in the room, including professor Terry could stop laughing.

Marshall Terry loved writing, and he loved teaching students to write. He was very patient with those of us who weren’t good at it, and he encouraged all of us as though we might find inspiration and talent.

A memory submitted by Martha Acosta, Class of 1996

One of the professors at Cox who made an impact on my career was Robert Rasberry. He reminded us that ethics was a critical part of business and he encouraged my inquiry into ethical leadership and organizational behavior. I have been designing and delivering corporate training since 1998 and have worked with some of the largest companies in the world, many of whom are popularly seen as major corporate bad guys. When I stand in front of executives and discuss how the role of the leader is to create an environment where employees can make ethical decisions and behave in a way that promotes good communication and sustains healthy relationships, I try to honor Dr. Rasberry and all he taught me.

A memory submitted by Helen Gibson-Ausbrooks, Class of 1996

My favorite instructor was not even in my major field. Dr. Edward Countryman awoke in me a love of American History I never knew I had! His classes inspired me to write a history of the Freed-slave community where I was raised. For generations of my family, yet to come, there is now a published tome of their family history for reference. Thank you Dr. Countryman.

In my major field of biology, my favorite instructor was Dr. Ubelaker. He made biology so much fun. As I embarked on my own career teaching college level biology courses, my students often commented that my biology courses were easy because I made them fun!. Thanks Dr. Ubelaker!

A memory submitted by Sarah Page Pritzlaff, Class of 1985

Professor William Bridge was my favorite professor in law school. When I was a 1L participating in a mock trial competition but had not yet taken Evidence, he generously and patiently “coached” me and the other members of our team in an effort to give us a rudimentary understanding of the rules of evidence. As an Evidence professor, he made the concepts interesting and clear. I will never forget the times that he stood on top of his desk to lecture! My practice, which involves criminal appellate litigation, requires familiarity with the rules of evidence and I am always thankful that I received such a firm foundation from Professor Bridge. Thank you!

A memory submitted by Vilma Valentine Kinney, Class of 1953

I believe his name was (John or William ) Boyer. He taught Victorian Literature and used the book had written. I was very impressed with him. Later I did an exhibit on the Pre-Raphaelites. I was not only impressed with their literature, but their art. It was a wonderful experience for me and I always felt I would like to credit my professor. Now if I could remember his name right!!!

A memory submitted by Marie M. Greene, Class of 1985

As an educator myself, I recall James K. Hopkins’ electrifying and spicy lectures in Elizabethan and Victorian history. What fun! In turn, I shared his infectious knowledge, intrigue, and fun with my own students through the years. Though retired from PISD these days, I often recall details and insights from his entertaining lectures.

A memory submitted by Ginnette Serrano-Correa, Class of 2002

Dr. Frank Coyle was an inspiring professor. His lectures where so well prepared, he always gave us excellent feedback on our work, and took the time to talk to us about our goals. You cold tell that he loved his subject matter and teaching. It amazed me how well he could get you to understand some very abstract topics.

A memory submitted by Jack Swindle, Class of 1965, 1967

I don’t remember his name but he was the Engineering Co-op coordinator in 1961.

I had finished my first year and was ready to find a company to take me on as a co-op engineering student. I told the coordinator that I was interested in working at one of the aircraft plants in Fort Worth. He said that was certainly an option, but thought I might consider a relatively new company in north Dallas, Texas Instruments. He arranged for me to interview at TI’s Lemmon Avenue facility. I liked what I saw and they gave me a job.

I worked at TI’s Lemmon Ave plant until I received my BS Industrial Engineering degree. I was able to transfer to TI’s North Dallas facility and manage one of their assembly lines for several years during which I received my MS Industrial Engineering degree from SMU. I retired from TI as a Senior VP after 40 years service.

I kept in touch with several of my former instructors at SMU during my years at TI, and after. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the education I needed to be successful. I now contribute grants to Lyle Engineering school to help students afford their education.

A memory submitted by Richard Stewart, Class of 1960

When engaging in sit-ins in Dallas during the Spring of 1960, and a few months before my graduation from SMU, the Director of the Bridwell Library, Dr. Decherd Turner, advised me on how to handle the press when the arrests for my sit-ins would surely come (I was not arrested, and the press which did come seemed understanding of our goal). The sit-ins proceeded peacefully, and my white sit-in colleagues and I did not have to use the informational slip of paper which Dr. Turner suggested I carry: “I now enjoy a privilege which I have heretofore been denied, and for which my slave fore-parents died.”

A memory submitted by Bryan Ellett, Class of 2002

Bill Barnard changed my life. Taking his “Intro to Primal Religions” opened my eyes to cultures that see the world in ways we can’t even imagine, magical worlds that are not always beholden to the “laws of the universe” that we in the West take as assumptions. He teaches with passion and fun. I took every class I could with him, finishing with a minor in Religious Studies that I never imagined pursuing until I entered his first class.

The enjoyment he has with the world was even more evident outside the classroom when, during a class in Taos, our volleyball team would take the sand court. He cheered with abandon!

I know he is a man who has explored the realms he teaches about, and I appreciate that our experience is paramount to his belief in a successful class.

A memory submitted by Tim Stevenson, Class of 1976

Dr. Kenneth Shields made a permanent mark on my life through his encouragement. His positive attention regarding my writing helped shape my future, as I went on to write eight published books, including a novel, and hundreds of articles and other things. Even more impactful was his encouragement of me as a person. He seemed to genuinely like me, and would give of his time and attention generously. I still fondly remember conversations we had in his office forty years ago.

Dr. Kenneth Shields was a valuable part of my SMU experience, and I’m sure many others would say the same.

A memory submitted by Ken Foote, Class of 1975

My favorite faculty member was Dr. James B. McGrath, Chairman of the RTF Department in the Meadows School Of Arts. Barney, as we knew him after school, was the most kind individual on the planet and loved the students. He made class fun and he knew how to relate to all of us. He was wonderful in helping steer us to careers in an business that’s hard to break into. There was no one like Barney McGrath and there will never be another one.

Ken Foote Director of Programming CBS Television Stations of Texas

A memory submitted by Nell Hutto Usiak-Maha, Class of 1954

I will never forget or fail to appreciate the kindness shown to me by English Teacher Dr. Perrin. I was certainly not his most outstanding student but he refused to give up on me. He even remembered me years later when he met my father, Nelson Hutto. My father was also a writer and he and Dr. Perrin were both attending a book signing event.

Also I was one of only two women in the Business School in 1954 and by some instructors I felt less than welcomed. By the time my son, David Usiak graduated with a BBA in 1978 there were more women than men.

A memory submitted by Ray Hall, Class of 1943

Dean Hauhart, School of Business Administration, taught that during World War Two, the major financial concerns were 1) how are we going to pay for the costs of war; and 2) inflation. He taught that the Government has a printing press and they would keep printing enough money to pay for the war, and this would lead to more inflation. His insights are as true in 2014 as they were in 1943.

A memory submitted by Marylou Clark, Class of 1956

Because of J. Lon Tinkle, I majored in French. He was Book Editor of the Dallas Morning News, while serving as a French professor at SMU. His classes were primarily Comparative Literature. He compared Tolstoy with Flaubert. His lectures were exciting, stimulating and inspiring. I was completely dedicated to his classes. He knew Hemingway and J.B. Priestly, and brought literary figures to speak on campus.

Years later I did my M.A. in French at George Washington U. After studying Law there for 2 years while raising my two older kids, I called Professor Tinkle to ask him whether I should do a Ph.D. in French or go to art school. He counseled me to go to art school, so I completed 5 years at the School of the Museum of Art Boston. I have taught Art at Quincy College for 25 years, having followed the path Professor Tinkle suggested. All my life I have been an artist, but didn’t think to major in Art. I worked in NYC in advertising and many jobs, taught French in colleges with my M.A. from G.W., but after remarrying with 3 more kids I was able to study art seriously. I have shown work in local venues and have loved teaching Painting/Drawing to my students at Quincy College in Quincy Ma.

I thought I would be a lawyer, worked at Justice while at GW Law but I wasn’t good at the Law study. My son Josiah completed his JD at GW, passed Va./NY bars and is now a partner at his Wall St. firm, so he carried the torch. My only regret is that I stayed as an adjunct professor and at 80 this year have to contemplate financial issues. Otherwise the cultural enrichment brought into my life by Professor Tinkle has proved invaluable. My MA thesis was “the Literary Aesthetic of Jean Paul Sartre” with a dedication to Professor Tinkle.

Having started College as a freshman at Smith I transferred to SMU when my father (Adm. Jocoo Clark) went over as Cmdr. 7th Fleet in the Korean War and my Uncle Bill Clark in Houston decided they wanted me closer to them, so he organized the transfer. I became a TriDelt thanks to my Aunt and had some good times at SMU. I believe the change on my journey was primarily for me to meet Professor J. Lon Tinkle.

A memory submitted by Mark Ussery, Class of 1960

Dr. Richards was one of my professors in Geology. It was a requirement to take a summer course and Dr. Richards agreed to teach the course. The plan was to travel to Nevada and study the mining operation at the Potosi Mine where Dr. Richards worked after his college days.

I remember as if it were yesterday. There were 7 of us and Dr. Richards and we entered the mine early in the morning. We descended at least 8 levels following the veins of silver that were mined many years ago. Late in the day, it was time for us to leave, so we started back tracking our route. After an hour or so we all came to the same conclusion, we were lost, with no food, little water and flashlights that were fading fast. All I could think about was seeing the headline in the Dallas paper “SMU geology professor and 7 SMU students lost somewhere in Nevada never to be found again.

A memory submitted by Molly Burke, Class of 1965

Dr. Kerbow, my French professor, was a special favorite. He took an interest in all his students and was especially kind to me as I was the only freshman in his advanced classes. His encouragement and expert tutelage enabled me to spend a successful summer in Europe, where a visit to France was a highlight. Another favorite was Dr. Long, who taught history in a transfixing, inspiring way. His classes were huge, but he was aware of every student’s needs.

A memory submitted by Tamara Pospicil Farrick, Class of 1980

My favorite class at SMU did not seem like an academic class at all. During Art History class with Mary Vernon, you sat back and were entertained. The class was held in a theatre holding about 150 students. The lights would dim and Mrs. Vernon would begin her slide show, anecdotes and literal “song and dance”. She stood all of about 5 foot tall with a head of curly hair and she would walk up and down the stage with pointer in hand tapping the screen to touch on important parts of each painting.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to view some of the Masterpieces introduced to me in Art History Class at SMU and I have not forgotten to look for the vanishing point perspective, to consider the hours that Michelangelo spent painting the Sistine Chapel and of course, how can you view Van Gogh without the knowledge of his struggle with mental illness?

I am always grateful to Mrs. Mary Vernon who was a great teacher who made history interesting but more importantly, she left me and others with a life-long appreciation of art.

A memory submitted by Jane Davis, Class of 1973

My favorite professor at SMU was Dr. Ray Buchanan. Dr. Buchanan was an expert in Russian History, which he brought to life every week in class. He was kind and understanding, and made a special effort to make each student feel important and valued. I still have my notes and books from his classes! I am so thankful for having had him as my teacher.

A memory submitted by Lisa Dupree, Class of 1989

Dr. William Pulte was a huge inspiration to me.

I studied at SMU originally to obtain my Bilingual/ESL certification in 1987. After studying with Dr. Pulte that summer, he encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to get a master’s degree at SMU beginning in the fall. I had never considered a higher degree. I applied and was accepted. What a great opportunity that was! I received my degree and expanded my education and career. Dr. Pulte was such an encourager. One semester was so hard! I was working full time as a public school teacher and taking 9 hours on campus. Dr. Pulte always encouraged me to stay with the program and finish. I went on to become a true lifelong learner and getting my principal’s certification and Master Reading Teacher Certification. Dr. Pulte has remained a valued mentor throughout the years!

Thank you, Dr. Pulte for making a difference in my and my student’s lives!

A memory submitted by Carol Anne Schantz McDougal, Class of 1968

Dr. Jack Frederick Kilpatrick was a professor of composition and theory in the School of Music of SMU from 1946 until his untimely death in 1967.

He was of Cherokee heritage and was a scholar, musician, author, composer and teacher. Dr. Kilpatrick was my adviser for my master’s thesis until his death. As a young child I had attended a performance of “Unto These Hills” an outdoor drama presented in Cherokee, NC. Dr. Kilpatrick had envisioned the original score for this drama.

I remember a chat Dr. Kilpatrick and I had.. I suffered from seasonal allergy/hay-fever. Dr. Kilpatrick told me Cherokee children were fed local honey from the time of their birth so there was no allergy problems.

In a copy of “Friends of Thunder, Folktales of the Oklahoma Cherokees” (1964) by Dr. Kilpatrick and his wife Anna, he inscribed “To Carol Anne Schantz, who wrote some fine music in the minor key, in the hope that her whole future may be in C major.” This man indeed made a huge impression on my life.

A memory submitted by Tobie Sasser (Hayes), Class of 1974

Dr. Lindermann: He was our SMU Faculty Advisor at SMU in Spain 1972. He was head of the History Department. I took a one on one Early American History class from him. He was exceptional! I became a double major in History.

Dr. Forrester: Spanish professor 1969 and 1970. I was not a great language student before I had his class. He inspired me and made learning a language a joy.

A memory submitted by Melinda Hipp, Class of 1989

As an Arts Administration member of Class IV, I had the distinct honor of spending one year with Lanham Deahl and one year with John Graham as our head faculty member in the ARAD program. While very different personalities and methodologies, Lanham brought a sense of the “old” and proven methods of symphony management with a million stories of his history and oodles of knowledge of dealing with musicians. His love for teaching us “young ‘uns” along with a touch of toughness and reality assisted all of us in growing in ways we did not realize until many years later. We will never forget our ongoing project with the arts of Elm Mott, the over the top book reports and time spent with his lovely wife, Anne.

When John came in it was like drawing a generational line plus plunging someone into a world of madness dealing with 10 mixed field arts administration students. While we all took it in stride, John was gracious in taking our concerns and suggestions to heart and taking the program to a different level. By the time we all took off on our internships, John became a great source of calmness while we were out making our way in the vast wide world of arts administration politics, corporate finagling and musician union negotiations. I was lucky enough to work again with John at the Florida Philharmonic when he became Executive Director there and get to see him in action. We were able to make a seamless transition due to the relationship we had experienced at SMU.

Thanks to both these great men for their love of the arts, their patience with a bundle of nervous nellies and for their generational experience and words of wisdom.

A memory submitted by Corbin Doyle, Class of 1990

I remember drawing all of the time during and between my science classes. Someone said I should talk to someone in the art department about taking an art class. I took my science notebooks to the art department. I sheepishly poked my head in and was greeted by Barnaby Fitzgerald. He looked at my notebooks between tugs on his cigarette. He looked me in the eye and said I should be in a drawing class immediately. That started everything. I think he half bullied me into it. That was a great gift. That opened the door to years of his classes as well as Julie Shapiro, Jay Sullivan, Dan Wingren, Mary Vernon, Larry Sholder, Steve Wilder, Dennis Foster, and the guy that made artists out of us all Roger Winter.

A memory submitted by Miguel Sanchez, Class of 1983

I have three faculty & staff memories:

(1) Dr. Leo R. Puccaco, Professor in Electrical Engineering Dept. His comment on how SMU was preparing all of us to be engineers to this day still rings true and is something that has allowed me to succeed at various engineering positions.

A memory submitted by Kalle Jorgensen, Class of 1985, 1987

Dr. David Gillette taught vertebrate paleontology courses within the Geology Department. He was a friend and mentor. I remember him climbing on a table during a lecture, dropping to all fours, and pointing to a particular point in his back to indicate where the dinosaur’s vertebra came from. He also had a collection of bobcat skulls in the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, which I was employed to help analyze. He was hired away from SMU by the state of New Mexico to become curator of the paleontology exhibits in their new Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.

A memory submitted by Jeff Labala, Class of 1981

There were wonderful faculty members at SMU. One memory among the many memories of my years at SMU that stands out was a professor coming to my residence hall on a Saturday morning to deliver my semester exam booklets. He said he wanted to personally congratulate and encourage me, because I did very well on his exam. His name was Dr. Richey Hogg. He was a very good professor. He was well versed in his field. He captivated students’ attention by his lecture. He made the subject matter very interesting, of all subject, Church History.

A memory submitted by Richard (Dick) Merryman, Class of 1951

My favorite instructor was Harmon Watkins who taught Business Law. He was a wonderful individual and very respected by all the students in his class. Some years later when we were establishing a new business in Dallas Harmon was the lawyer we contacted to help set up our corporation. He was a very caring individual and great to work with. I will always remember Harmon for all the support he provided us at a critical time in our business career. SMU provided me with the foundation in pursuing a successful career

A memory submitted by Kenneth Jones, Class of 1966

My favorite SMU professor was Melvin A. Riley, C.P.A.

I thought he was an outstanding teacher. I had him for several very difficult accounting courses. He could lead us through very complex problems in a very understandable way.

He was very influential in my life and chosen occupation. I became a C.P.A. and had a very rewarding career.

A memory submitted by James (Jimmy) Rogers, Jr., Class of 1956

Insurance Professor Frank Young. During the 58 years since my graduation, Frank Young has continuously communicated with his graduates. To this day, I receive many e-mails from Frank, as do many others. Throughout the years when I have visited Frank, he pulls out an old, tiny black booklet, and shows me every grade I made on every single test I took.

During every conversation, he also can tell you where your classmates are, and how they are during. These actions have continued since 1956, and have meant a lot to me.

Also, Frank was one of the toughest and most demanding Professors I ever had. He demanded dedicated efforts from students, and for those that did not do so, Frank was not shy about pointing that out to you. He demanded your best efforts. I have always been so grateful to him for what he taught me, not only about Insurance, but about proper conduct, ambitions, goals, and how to measure results. I will always be grateful to him. I learned not only the insurance business, but what goals are important in life.

Frank was, and is the greatest.

A memory submitted by K Conner, Class of 1952

Harold Jeskey was hands down the best for me! Organic chemistry was his signature course. His lectures were filled with information and entertaining, tests were fair, and I learned how to study and be tested on the data. He never forgot your name nor where you were from. He was the perfect professor!

A memory submitted by Richard Dalton, Class of 1966

Dr. Harold Jeskey changed the course of my life the fall of my junior year at SMU. I was pre-med and taking his organic chemistry class as well as playing an occasional game of handball with him. Each day in class he would start writing organic equations from left to right on the large chalk board and never stop until the bell rang. At the end of the semester, he called me aside and said, “Dalton, I will give you an honorary C in this class if you will drop being pre-med.” It was a great offer which I gratefully accepted. I became a Social Science major taking more psychology, religion, and philosophy including a ‘Philosophy of Religion’ class with visiting professor Fredrick Ferre. The Ferre class was held like a graduate seminar class and probably led to me getting to have dinner with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to speak on campus plus getting me an invitation to join the bus trip to Selma/Montgomery when the world responded to the call for justice the spring of 1965. I became a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy when my draft board would not defer me for being accepted to Yale Divinity School. I refused orders to Viet Nam because they said I would have to carry a gun. Later, I became a minister with a non-denominational Christian church, finished another B.S.(74) along with a masters (77) and Ph.D. (80) in Health Education from the University of Missouri. I have been teaching Health and Wellness courses at Lincoln University of Missouri (our HBCU) for 29 years.

A memory submitted by Patricia Smith Beall, Class of 1956

I met Dr. Ken Caroll as a freshman and after my first class with him (required Old Testament) I took every class he offered and ended up 3 hours short of a double major in Religion. He was a friend to all of the students and I considered him my very good friend. We “coffeed” together most Tuesdays and Thursdays. He was a tremendous influence in my life as a student as well as on my maturing as a Christian and thinking on my own. He believed I was capable in my work and therefore I learned I could do much more than I ever believed. I have him to thank for many of my decisions in life and my growth as a person. What fun we all had in the old Student Union working crosswords and getting into very “deep discussions” about all side of life. He is still considered by many of us as our gateway to education! (I even have a daughter named Carol after him)

A memory submitted by Paul Spellman, Class of 1975

For all of my continued graduate work and degrees since SMU, no professors have had the kind of profound influence on my life as did Albert Outler and John Deschner, both of whom taught for many years at Perkins. Dr. Outler – who preferred to be addressed as Mr. Outler – had a certain presence about him both in and out of the classroom, and we students hung on his every word and thought. John Deschner became a role model for me as a professional educator and as an encourager of students.

A memory submitted by Walt Stickel, Class of 1968

Favorite Professor name = Dr. Longnecker, who lived on Lovers Lane !!

Most entertaining professor= Dr. Harold Jeskey, who taught organic chemistry. His double entendres were legendary and he’d say on Friday;

“Hit those alcohols hard this weekend. You never know what you’ll be able to make on a Saturday night” or “This is the chemical structure of epinephrine, you know that chemical you wish you had more of late on Saturday night.”

He also was Chairman of the Mustang Booster club, known for wearing one red sock and one blue sock to basketball games.

A memory submitted by Greg Cain, Class of 1975, 1981, 1988

My favorite undergrad professor was Bobby Spradlin. He looked like Dick Cavett and had a wonderful wit. When I was in law school, I interrupted his dinner at Highland Park Cafeteria one evening and he was very gracious and friendly.

My favorite law school professor is Roy Anderson. He, too, has a great wit and sense of humor. One time while leading the class through a particularly difficult area of Contracts – might have been a discussion on consideration – he paused and said, Once more into the breach! I thought that perfectly captured the general sense of confusion that the class labored under at the time – but we got through it!

A memory submitted by Glenn Askew, Class of 1958,1959

I had the pleasure of taking freshman English under Prof. Marshall Terry in Fall, 1954, his first year as a teaching professor. He was always an interesting and inspiring teacher who challenged his students to think and seek solid references for what they wrote. Rational, objective and rhetorical were words he most used. I truly learned to think and write much better under his guidance. I appreciated his evident preparation and drive to teach something to us “stupid” freshmen. He also wore nice stripped ties and button down shirts! A real inspiration to learn. Certainly worth the tuition.

A memory submitted by Nedra D Ballard, Class of 2007

My favorite professor at SMU is Dr. Ed Countryman. I recall sitting in his class listening to student responses to a question posed by Dr. Countryman. The look on my face must have been an outward expression of what I was thinking on the inside. “How different my thoughts are from all the others.” I sat silent and I thought invisible until Dr. Countryman got my attention and said, “Tell me what you are thinking.” Hesitating I responded, “My classmates have great answers, but I don’t think like they do. I see systems!” Dr. Countryman placed his hands on his head and exclaimed, yes! Yes! Thanks to Dr. Countryman, I am a teacher. Correction, I am an exemplary teacher.

A memory submitted by Karen Von Der Bruegge, Class of 1975

Dr. William Stallcup and his wife. It was a freshman seminar class on genetics. There were only 6 of us in the class. We met at the Stallcup’s home which was walking distance from campus. Often Mrs. Stallcup would fix us a home cooked meal. We had great discussion about chromosomes. At the time I didn’t realize how lucky I was as a mere freshman to have the exposure to such a renown scientist, especially when I wasn’t even a science major. Our friendship continued to develop when he was named Provost and I served on the Advisory Board to the Provost. Dr. Stallcup was the first person I told when I got into my MBA program… even before my family. I remember how he let me interrupt an important meeting in his office with my good news. That has always meant so much!

A memory submitted by Susan Pollan, Class of 1973

My favorite faculty member was Bill Fox, who taught Humanities. He was my advisor, so we became friends. He was a wonderful teacher, both interesting to and interested in all of his students. He helped me navigate my first two years of college, leaving a lasting impression. I was so saddened when he left SMU in order to obtain his Ph.D. at Emory. I heard that he was just as beloved at Emory as he was at SMU. I will always credit him for installing in me a love of learning and an appreciation for the humanities. I went on to obtain a Master’s degree from the University of Dallas where I had some great professors, but none that I loved like Bill Fox!

A memory submitted by Gene Mace, Class of 1958

Dr. Fred Gealy — I came to Perkins School of Theology with a divisional science major from college. At Perkins I found a major change in having to read books rather than pages for assignments. I went to Dr. Gealy, my faculty adviser, and asked why we had to read all this stuff. He replied, “If you are interested in it I need not explain. If you are not interested in it there is no way to explain.” I experienced him as a wise and caring person. He was an inspiration to me.

A memory submitted by Gordon Roe, Class of 1960

Dr. Frederick Gealy made an impact on the school. He taught New Testament and was director of the Seminary Singers. I signed up for several elective classes in New Testament and was also in Singers. We sang in Chapel on Wednesdays and had an annual tour which was memorable. Gealy also played organ for the Chapel services. From time to time he invited groups of students to his home for Friday evening conversations. Gealy and his wife had been missionaries before arriving at Perkins and they had many tales. Gealy was also well-known for his two-paragraph sermonettes for the early Wednesday morning prayer services. The example there for future preachers was how to say something significant in a short time.

During my time at SMU I signed up to usher for the Dallas Symphony and Opera performances. Dr. Gealy had his regular seat in my section and we had numerous chats. He made a lasting impact on many students.

A memory submitted by Cathy Ornburn, Class of 1980

My favorite class and teacher was American History 1900 to the present taught by Hal Williams. It was just by chance that I took this class. He had great lectures and talked about history like it was happening now and in today’s newspaper. My favorite fact was that Teddy Roosevelt was so worried he would break his glasses as he charged up San Juan Hill, he had 20 spares sewn into his jacket.

A memory submitted by Cora Sue Wootters (maiden name) Warren, Class of 1947

Virginia Baker Long, a professor in the School of Business, was a favorite of mine. In her Office Management and Business Letter Writing classes she included the importance of table etiquette when dining with upper management executives and being interviewed for a job while dining. Poor table manners could make or break a job offer. No other class in the School of Business mentioned the importance of table manners, the importance of proper introductions, or the importance of writing a thank-you note after a courtesy had been extended. She also emphasized the importance of the kind of stationery and note cards that one used – it could speak volumes about a person.

Mrs. Long was strong on using the word, “you,” rather than “I” and taught the significance of opening the first paragraph of a business letter with “you” or “your”- not “I.” Always put the emphasis on the other person or company rather than yourself. This lady had “class” and she wanted her students to develop an appreciation for top performance and achievement in all walks of life. Mrs. Long was very strict, but always fair.

All of these lessons have been helpful to me throughout life in the business world as well as in my personal life. This lady had “class” – for sure – and she tried diligently to teach her students to enter the working world with “class” and to represent SMU well!

A memory submitted by Charla Metzker Whiteley, Class of 1991

Hal Williams was an amazing professor and lecturer. His American Culture and Politics FDR to Bush classes were unforgettable. He would set the mood for each lecture, during a class featuring the Fireside Chats he had an old radio sitting on his desk from that time period and later had the Beatles playing softly with tie die sheets hanging in the classroom for another lecture. Truly captivating!

A memory submitted by Gary Jacobs, Class of 1990

I probably learned the most useful information during the MBA program from Jerry White. He had a real talent for converting theory into reality and almost 25 years later I can still remember his classes better than anyone else’s. I distinctly recall sitting in a lecture hall one night watching him go through some seemingly very reasonable depreciation assumptions on an income statement. At just the right moment he said, “Watch this, I can convert an unprofitable company into a profitable one in about 5 minutes”, and he proceeded to show us how to do so.

That lesson on how easy would be for someone unethical to manipulate financial statements really stuck with me as I later watched Wall Street melt down and subsequently recover.

A memory submitted by Kim Herbst Steinhagen, Class of 1982, 1987

My favorite professor was art historian Alessandra Comini. I will never forget the day in her 19th Century survey class when she had the entire class humming Wagner’s Flying Dutchman! I also took her 20th Century survey class and a Picasso seminar. Her critiques of our presentations in the Picasso seminar were brutal, but we learned how to present a very professional art lecture.

A memory submitted by Anga Sanders, Class of 1970, 1977

Dr. Kitty Ruth Norwood, who taught freshman Discourse and Literature, awakened in me a talent and love of writing.

As an extremely timid and completely unsure student from a small East Texas town, I felt totally out of my league. During the first class, Dr. Norwood had us write a short paper. I panicked, since I couldn’t really think of a thing to write. Yet, knowing I had to put something on paper, I wrote.

About 10 minutes before the class period ended, inspiration struck!  I had to scribble furiously, knowing time was running out. And then I had two papers. What to do?

I told her what I’d gone through, and she agreed to accept both, but would only grade one. My choice. Oh, Lord! I asked her to grade the last-minute one.

Next class period, she handed out papers in a certain order: lowest grades first. I was terrified, knowing I was about to be humiliated. But she handed me my paper last. I made the highest grade!

From that point on, I consistently received the highest grade. And at the end of the semester, Dr. Norwood recommended me for my very first job, as a Tutor-Counselor for Project Upward Bound at SMU.

I have never forgotten her gentle guidance. She instilled in me the confidence to follow my own voice, and for that, I am eternally grateful.


Divinity and theology

William Abraham is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies in Perkins School of Theology and an internationally renowned expert on John Wesley, as well as in the broader field of theological epistemology. His research interests include Cardinal Newman, Eastern Orthodox theology, and theological renewal movements in Christianity. He is the author or editor of books including Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation (Eerdmans, 2007), Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology (Clarendon Press, 1998), and The Rationality of Religious Belief, edited with Steven W. Holtzer (Clarendon Press, 1987). Currently, he is planning a four-volume work on divine action and divine agency for his publisher, Oxford University Press.

Enlivening religious sermons

Alyce McKenzie, who has been at SMU since 1999, was appointed in 2011 to the George W. and Nell Ayers LeVan Chair of Preaching and Worship in Perkins School of Theology. The appointment signaled that “the University values as scholarship the fields of homiletics and liturgics, which are crucial to faith communities and bridge the distance between the academy and church. The chair will allow me to pursue my own passions in preaching and worship and to help re-energize the preaching and worship ministries of others,” she says.

(McKenzie also wryly notes that the chair was not just a title – she was actually given a chair. “It’s a beautiful captain’s chair with my name and the LeVan family’s name carved in the back. I sit in it every day.”)

Beyond the University, McKenzie is widely known in her field of homiletics, having written numerous books on preaching that focus on the wisdom literature of the Bible and, more recently, the role of creativity in preaching. She writes the blog Knack for Noticing that highlights “insights from everyday life that might spark ideas for sermons,” and the weekly column Edgy Exegesis, a reflection on the New Testament that attracts nearly 5,000 readers worldwide.

Originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of SMU Magazine.

A memory submitted by Jana Wallis, Class of 2008

My entire experience in the Journalism Department was incredible, and I would love to list every single one of my professors (full-time and adjunct) as my “favorite.”

Tony Pederson’s class on ethics was always insightful and intriguing, and attending SMU-in-London in the summer of 2006 was an invaluable experience.

But my strongest memory was of Jayne Suhler’s literary journalism class; it was more like a book club and I learned so much about truly great storytelling, and discovered two authors that have become favorites. Professor Suhler was a trusted adviser and wonderful teacher, and a major contributor to my years at SMU!

A memory submitted by Dale Coco, M.D., Class of 1968

Two professors at SMU shaped my life and career. Jack Strange and Harold Jeskey are greatly responsible for who I am and what type of physician I became.

I can still see Dr. Strange rushing into class, a stack of books and papers in one hand and the ever present cigar in the other. He did not teach subject matter. He taught you how to think and evaluate, and then inspired you to learn everying you could about anything you wanted to know about.

I will never forget Dr. Jeskey standing in front of the class rocking on those huge feet, addressing us as men (no matter how many girls were in the class) and making it tough on us by demanding excellence and perfection in everything we did. He prepared us for medical school and what it takes to be a physician. How glad  were we to see him wearing his SMU tie or a red tie and how devastated were we to see a black tie on test day. “It’s a black tie day” is still part of my vocabulary. How proud were we when he was at our med school graduation to give us all (his boys) a red tie that I still have and cherish today over 40 years later.

The value of those types of teachers cannot be calculated in any other way than the human terms of the lives they influence.

A memory submitted by Dana Cope, Class of 1991

Without a doubt Dr. Virginia Curry.

It was always exciting to see Dr. Curry arrive at the classroom having just ridden her motorcycle to campus and wearing her boots, cowboy hat with yellow rose attached and a cigarette between her lips.

Her real life stories about national and state politics were amazing. From the stories of the 1968 Democratic convention when she and a nun made the Chicago road trip to raise hell, to the time our class attended the 1988 Democratic and Republican conventions — those were the days.

Dr. Curry was extremely provocative, knew it, and didn’t care. Exactly what we SMU students needed to experience.

Protecting privacy in the tech era

Joining a team already conducting research on cyber security in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is Frederick R. Chang, the new Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security. Chang, whose career credentials include leadership positions in academia, business and government, will develop a multidisciplinary program aimed at tackling today’s most pressing cyber challenges.

Chang says he enjoys working toward something bigger than himself – a philosophy that carries over from his service at the National Security Agency and that he shares with SMU students. “There are some very difficult problems that the nation faces in cyber security,” he says. “I am confident that SMU, working with different partners, can make a difference at the national level.”

Chang will add to the research that Computer Science and Engineering faculty members Suku Nair, Mitch Thornton and Tyler Moore are conducting in network security. “What is required today is cyber security research that incorporates innovative thinking with consideration of people, processes and technology,” he says.

Chang’s Centennial Distinguished Chair is made possible by a financial commitment from SMU trustee and longtime benefactor Bobby B. Lyle ’67, for whom SMU’s engineering school is named. “Research will be significant under Dr. Chang’s leadership, but he also intends to teach courses that make information about cyber science and security accessible to students of all disciplines,” Lyle says. “That’s a tremendous gift, as understanding the rules in cyberspace becomes more important in our daily lives.”

Reflecting a trend toward greater interdisciplinary collaboration, Fred Chang is also a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

Originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of SMU Magazine.

A memory submitted by Dr. Robert Esch, Class of 1961

Dr. Ima Herron was my favorite professor. She kept up with me as my career launched.

One day in class a wag asked, “Miss Herron, how long are we supposed to be reading Moby Dick?” She promptly replied, “Why Mr. Pierce, I’ve been reading Moby Dick all my life!” He said to those listening, but quietly, “Well, I hope it doesn’t take me that long.”

A memory submitted by Amy Cardin (Patterson), Class of 1981

Hands down, my favorite professor was Marshall Terry. His Creative Writing classes were inspirational and downright FUN!

Marsh always encouraged us to find our own voice and to never give up. To this day, some of my best SMU memories are from his class.

And one final icing on the cake was that he presented me my diploma at graduation. It doesn’t get any better than that!

A memory submitted by Bob Byrd, Class of 1969

Dr. Hobgood, chairman of the theatre department, realized that I was lonely on my first Thanksgiving in Dallas. He took me with his family to a dinner at a restaurant and then to a movie.

I was sick once, and he came to visit at the infirmary.

He arranged ways for me to see concerts at McFarlin for free, and generally kept an eye out for my morale during my three years on campus.

He was a great mentor in theatre studies, but I best remember him for his keen perception of the kind of help I needed and his generosity in giving it.

A memory submitted by James Cornelius, Class of 1977

My favorite professor was Frank Young, Insurance, Cox School of Business.

I took every class he taught because he made so interesting the normally dry subject of insurance. He had a practical and oftentimes humorous approach to the curriculum which kept the students alert and interested in the subject matter. His real-life examples of insurance claims and risk management were very practical.

Frank actually was very instrumental in getting me my first job after graduating. I have been in the insurance industry for 36 years, and almost every day I look back on some of Frank’s practical teachings in running my insurance agency.

What a great asset Frank was to SMU.