SMU News Releases 2005

December

Dedman Foundation Provides Matching Gifts For Law School (12/15/05)
Continuing a long history of support for SMU, the Dedman Foundation has designated $3 million of its $20 million commitment to the School of Law as a matching grant to attract additional gifts for scholarships and faculty positions.

SMU Board Approves Leadership Structure for Centennial Campaign (12/09/05)
As part of planning for the upcoming Centennial Campaign, SMU’s Board of Trustees has approved a structure for the top level of volunteers who will help to lead the comprehensive major gifts campaign.

SMU Trustees Approve New Master's Program in Management, Name Changes for Other Graduate Programs (12/09/05)

Study Addresses Health Insurance and Heart Transplants (12/06/05)

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November

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SMU and Dallas Museum of Natural History Announce Missing Fossil Link Dallasaurus (11/16/05)
Scientists identify amateur paleontologist's find as the origin of an extinct line of lizards with an evolutionary twist: a land-dwelling species that became fully aquatic.

James Lindsay Embrey, Jr. - Obituary (11/12/05)
James Lindsay Embrey, Jr., a respected businessman, community builder, and leader of extraordinary vision and dedication who invested his time, resources, and energy in making life better for all who crossed his path, passed away Friday, November 11, at his home in Dallas.

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October

Professor Receives Mexico’s Highest Honor for Foreign Nationals (10/26/05)
SMU Dedman Professor of History David Weber has been named to membership in the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca (the Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest award the Mexican government bestows on foreign nationals.

SMU Named “Champion in Health” (10/26/05)
SMU has received a 2005 "Champions in Health" Award from the Tarrant County Public Health Department and the Health Industry Council of the DFW Region.

SMU Professor Speaks to World Trade Organization (10/26/05)
SMU economist Kamal Saggi was invited to speak before the World Trade Organization Symposium on Trade and Sustainable Development at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 11.

SMU Honors 2005 Distinguished Alumni (10/24/05)
On November 3, an artist, an engineer, an ambassador, and a journalist will receive the highest honor SMU bestows upon its graduates, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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September

SMU Helps Bring the Party Back to Tulane, New Orleans (9/23/05)
Bishop Boulevard, SMU’s tailgate extravaganza, will be transformed when SMU plays Tulane and celebrates the spirit of New Orleans.

SMU Trustees Approve New Ph.D. Program in English (09/01/05)

August

SMU Plays Host to Katrina's Victims (8/30/05)
More than 200 Tulane University students displaced by Hurricane Katrina – including the entire Tulane football team – are being relocated to SMU in Dallas early Wednesday morning.

Dedman College Dean Jasper Neel to Return to Teaching (8/29/05)
Dr. Jasper Neel, dean of Dedman College and vice provost of SMU, has announced that he will step down from his administrative position when his current contract ends, August 15, 2006.

SMU’S Perkins Youth School of Theology Seeking Students Who Want To Be Leaders (8/22/05)
The Perkins Youth School of Theology at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology is accepting applications from high school juniors who are interested in becoming youth leaders in their churches and communities.

SMU’S Meadows School of the Arts Dean Carole Brandt to Retire (8/15/05)
Dr. Carole Brandt, dean of the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, has announced her plans to retire from SMU effective May 31, 2006.

SMU’S Perkins School of Theology Announces New Faculty Members (8/12/05)
Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath has joined the faculty as the McCreless Assistant Professor of Evangelism. Dr. Valerie Karras has been named assistant professor of church history, with a special responsibility for the history of the early church. And Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has become associate professor of pastoral care.

July

Perkins Announces Faculty and Staff Transitions (07/07/05)

Head of Bridwell Library Accepts Post at Illinois University (07/07/05)

May

SMU Hosts Event On Survey of Mexican And U.S. Attitudes (5/18/05)
A survey of Mexican and Americans in 2004 found that despite significant geopolitical, social and economic differences separating the U.S. and Mexico, citizens on both sides of the border tend to agree on fundamental issues.

SMU Marks 50th Anniversary Of First African-American Graduates (5/12/05)
SMU will mark the 50th anniversary of the graduation of its first African-American students during Saturday's commencement with special recognition of the Rev. James V. Lyles of Culver City, Calif., and the Rev. A. Cecil Williams of San Francisco.

Engineering Green: SMU Breaks Ground On First Sustainable Building (5/12/05)
Every year as much as 45 percent of the nation's energy output is consumed by buildings; lighting alone accounts for 20 percent of U.S. electrical output. 

SMU Announces Speakers For 2005-06 Tate Lecture Series (4/18/05)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, journalist Christiane Amanpour and architect Frank Gehry highlight the 2005-06 season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

April

Dallas Philanthropist Karen Shuford Receives 2005 Maura Award (04/29/05)

Civic Leader Linda Pitts Custard Receives 2005 Maura Award (04/29/05)

UTA Administrator Michele Bobadila Receives 2005 Maura Award (04/29/05)

Educator and Cancer Activist Kathy LaTour Receives 2005 Maura Award (04/29/05)

Girls Inc. Director Ruth Thomas Receives 2005 Maura Award (04/29/05)

Perkins To Host Hip-Hop Worship Service (4/13/05)
SMU's Perkins School of Theology will host an outdoor Hip-Hop Worship Service at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (April 21) on the steps of Perkins Chapel. Christian hip-hop recording artist, La Crea, of Denton will perform, and Rev. Tiate Carson, senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in San Antonio, will preach.

Spanish Architect-Artist Santiago Calatrava To Give SMU Commencement Address; Three Honorary Degrees To Be Conferred (4/5/05)
Internationally renowned Spanish architect, engineer and sculptor Santiago Calatrava, whose designs range from the 2004 Olympic Stadium to Dallas' Trinity River bridges, will give the address at SMU's 90th annual commencement Saturday, May 14.

National Geographic's Wade Davis At SMU April 12 (4/5/05)
Wade Davis, renowned anthropologist and author of The Serpent and the Rainbow, will participate as part of the 2004-05 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

SMU's Hamon Fine Arts Library Names Three News Librarians (04/05/05)

SMU Names New Vice President (4/4/05)
Dana Gibson has been named vice president for business and finance at SMU. Gibson has a strong background in academic administration and teaching in the fields of accounting and information systems.

March

$1 Million Gift From Stemmons Foundation To Support New Engineering Building At SMU (3/31/05)
The Stemmons Foundation has given $1 million in support of the new J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building at SMU's School of Engineering. In recognition of this gift, SMU will name the building's atrium in memory of prominent Dallas developer John M. Stemmons.

Dr. Mark A. Roglán Named Interim Director Of The Meadows Museum (3/18/05)
Dr. Mark A. Roglán has been appointed interim director of the Meadows Museum at SMU, effective May 1, 2005.

Yale Dean Named SMU Provost (3/9/05)
Yale University Dean Robert Blocker has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at SMU.

Spring Youth Forum For Perkins Youth School Of Theology (3/9/05)
Dallas-Fort Worth area youth interested in community service or the ministry will gather at a Spring Youth Forum on Saturday, March 19 on the SMU campus.

SMU Forms New School Of Education and Human Development (3/7/05)
The SMU Board of Trustees has voted to create a new School of Education and Human Development, to fill critical needs in the advancement of teacher training and research on language acquisition and literacy.

February

Methodists and Catholics to Hold Dialogue on Unity (02/28/05)

Lonnie D. Brooks of Anchorage to Receive 2005 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award  (02/07/05)

First-Year Students to Encounter the Working Poor Through Best-Selling Book (02/07/05)

Kirbyjon  H. Caldwell Receives 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Perkins School of Theology (02/07/05)

January

First-Ever Women's Video Game Scholarships Awarded (1/7/05)
The Guildhall at SMU and WomenGamers.com have announced recipients of the first-ever women's only, industry-funded scholarships to attend the school, a one-of-a-kind digital games education program. Three newly enrolled and two existing female Guildhall students have received a total of $14,000 through the new scholarship fund.