SMU News Feedhttp://www.smu.edu/Home/News.aspxThis feed contains news and information from SMUhttp://www.smu.edu/Home/News.aspxSMU News Feedhttp://www.smu.edu/Home/News.aspxen-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssgshultz@smu.edu (Gary Shultz)webservices@smu.edu (Aren Cambre)60SMU Remembers Patsy Pinson Hutchison ’54http://www.smu.edu/News/2018/smu-remembers-patsy-hutchisonSummary: SMU alumna Patsy Pinson Hutchison ’54, a devoted University supporter, passed away on May 15, 2018. Along with her husband and fellow alumnus, Bill, the Hutchisons have long been familiar figures at the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute at SMU’s campus in Taos, N.M., supporting The Chapel at Fort Burgwin, which was dedicated in 2014.

SMU alumna Patsy Pinson Hutchison '54

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU alumna Patsy Pinson Hutchison ’54, a devoted University supporter, passed away on May 15, 2018. Along with her husband and fellow alumnus, Bill, the Hutchisons have long been familiar figures at the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute at SMU’s campus in Taos, N.M., supporting The Chapel at Fort Burgwin, which was dedicated in 2014.

“Patsy Hutchison’s love for SMU was deep and constant,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said. “Our University has benefited from the Hutchisons’ enduring commitment to education and enrichment and a special affinity for our Taos campus. Gail and I, along with all those who attend the Cultural institute at SMU-in-Taos each summer, will truly miss her warm, friendly presence each year.”

Mrs. Hutchison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from SMU and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She served as vice president of the SMU Mother’s Club and on the reunion committee for her 50th reunion year class in 2004.

A noted civic and community volunteer in Santa Fe, N.M., where the Hutchisons reside, she served on the boards of Kitchen Angels – an organization that provides meals for the homebound – and the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation. She also was involved with the Santa Fe Garden Club. While the Hutchisons lived in Dallas, she was a member of the Junior League of Dallas.

Mr. Hutchison ’54 is an SMU Trustee Emeritus, serving on its board from 1981-1987. In addition to The Chapel at Fort Burgwin, the Hutchisons’ generous support includes the Ima Leete Hutchison Concert series at SMU-in-Taos. They supported many other initiatives at SMU, creating endowed chairs, scholarships and program funds such as the Ima Leete Hutchison Endowment in the Meadows School of the Arts.

SMU alumna Patsy Pinson Hutchison '54

“Patsy exuded such grace and elegance, yet she always made everyone feel like a good friend. She has left a lasting mark on SMU, an institution she loved very much,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for Development and External Affairs. “The Hutchisons’ rich SMU legacy is part of the University fabric extending over four generations. We will forever be grateful for their support and service.”

 

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Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/smu-remembers-patsy-hutchison
Guildhall & eGency Global Announce Major eSports Eventhttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/guildhall-egency-global-major-esports-eventSummary: SMU Guildhall, the top ranked graduate school for video game design in the world, in collaboration with eGency Global, one of North America’s most experienced esports production, marketing and talent management firms, have announced the launch of OP Live Dallas — a premier esports event featuring high-level professional competition, a 16-team collegiate tournament, a hackathon for high-schoolers, and a showcase for the work of SMU Guildhall master’s degree candidates in interactive technology.

 

SMU Guildhall, the top ranked graduate school for video game design in the world, in collaboration with eGency Global, one of North America’s most experienced esports production, marketing and talent management firms, have announced the launch of OP Live Dallas — a premier esports event featuring high-level professional competition, a 16-team collegiate tournament, a hackathon for high-schoolers, and a showcase for the work of SMU Guildhall master’s degree candidates in interactive technology.

“We are excited to be part of this collaborative effort with eGency Global,” said Mark Nausha, Deputy Director of GameLab at SMU Guildhall. “OP Live will be interactive, immersive, and unique from typical esports events. We look forward to bringing this awesome fan experience to the Dallas area.”

OP Live Dallas will run September 22-23, 2018 on the 50,000-sq.-ft. main floor of the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

Through their collaboration, eGency Global and SMU Guildhall will offer esports fans a unique and more robust experience than traditional esports events, the collaborators say. Beyond the interactive and engaging experience, OP Live Dallas will also showcase the multitude of career opportunities available to video game and esports devotees. SMU Guildhall alumni work for the biggest names in the video gaming industry, as well as in gamification sectors in a multitude of other industries like tech, education, business and medical.

“The session for parents will shine a light on career and education opportunities for youth in the video gaming, cybersecurity and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, as well as the many upsides of the gaming community. The community is known for its supportive nature and lasting friendships,” says Chris Stone, CEO of eGency Global.

The two-day OP Live Dallas schedule will include non-stop competition and activities, opportunities to meet popular pro players, cosplayers and more. Highlights include:

  • Competitions for 16 collegiate teams and 4 pro esports teams, with prizes to be awarded.
  • Showcases featuring never-before-seen games created by SMU students and alumni.
  • Mini TED-like talks with industry experts.
  • Interactive and personalized experiences.
  • Cosplay and game art gallery.
  • High School Hackathon, where students compete to identify, defend and terminate cybersecurity threats in a fictional small business.
  • Fundraising to benefit Children’s Medical Center Dallas through Extra Life, a division of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The entire event was designed with esports and gaming fans in mind. According to Stephanie Chavez, Director of Marketing at eGency Global, “In the past year, we’ve spoken with dozens of fans who regularly attend esports and gaming events. We wanted to find out what they love most about the events and where improvements could be made. This insight was invaluable when we were planning OP Live Dallas.”

As experts in the esports ecosystem, eGency Global used their insights to create an elevated esports event that is unmatched in the industry, says Stone. “At eGency Global, we employ the best of the best in every aspect of esports event planning and execution. When esports fans talk, not only do we listen, we make it our mission to respond with innovative solutions that will exceed their expectations. That was our goal with OP Live Dallas.”

Easy access to great, affordable food as well as lodging, restaurants and activities near the event venue are top priorities for esports event attendees. The Irving Convention Center was chosen specifically for this reason. In addition, several popular local food trucks will be on site both days.

eGency Global estimates attendance of approximately 7,000 for the two-day event. Numerous sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available to organizations looking to reach fans in the burgeoning esports space.

To learn more about attending OP Live Dallas visit www.OPLiveDallas.com. For information on sponsorship opportunities (digital, event app, brand activations, signage, event/activity/workshop sponsor, broadcasting rights, food truck zone and more) or securing exhibitor space, contact Ward Eastman, eGency Global Director, Strategic Alliances, 214-957-7870.

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About eGency Global
eGency Global is one of the most experienced esports firms in North America, offering a full suite of services from event production, customer/fan engagement, sponsorship and talent marketing to data analytics, media and strategic marketing. eGency Global is the leading strategic partner in helping brands, event and media properties, and teams looking to navigate and capitalize on the rapidly expanding esports ecosystem.

About SMU Guildhall
SMU Guildhall is the #1 Graduate Program for Game Design in the world. Many of the school’s founders are industry icons, and classes are taught by industry veterans. Since 2003, the program has graduated over 700 students, who now work at more than 250 video game studios around the world. SMU Guildhall offers both a Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development degree and a Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, with specializations in art, Design, Production, and Programming.

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Wed, 16 May 2018 10:07:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/guildhall-egency-global-major-esports-event
Cox Honors Four Alumnihttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/cox-honors-four-distinguished-alumniSummary: 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Presented

DALLAS (SMU) — Friday, May 11, 2018—The SMU Cox School of Business honored four alumni at the school’s annual Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Luncheon on May 11. Two Distinguished Alumni Awards and two Outstanding Young Alumni Awards were presented at the luncheon ceremony in the Collins Executive Center on the SMU campus. Award nominations are submitted to the SMU Cox Alumni Association for consideration by a selection committee. In alphabetical order, this year’s SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni Award winners are: Clark Hunt, BBA ’87, and James M. “Jim” Johnston, BBA ’70 and MBA ‘71. The Cox School’s 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni honorees are: Kris Lowe, BBA ’04 and EMBA ’14, and Jeff Owens, BBA ’01 and MSA ’02.

SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni 2018

Clark Hunt (BBA’87) is the chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. He is a leading voice among NFL owners and a founding investor-operator in Major League Soccer. His love of soccer was evident in college, as he served as captain of what was then the Mustangs’ nationally-ranked soccer team. He was a four-year letterman, and graduated first in his class at SMU, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Hunt has served as a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2004, and he’s a longtime member of the Cox Executive Board. In 2004, the Cox School honored Hunt as an Outstanding Young Alumnus. With the 2018 award as Distinguished Alumnus, Hunt becomes only the third alumnus in SMU Cox history to receive both accolades.

James M. “Jim” Johnston (BBA ’70 and MBA ’71) became president of Methodist Health System Foundation in November 2016. Before joining the Methodist Foundation, Johnston was a 40-year mainstay in the Dallas banking industry. He began his career at Republic Bank of Texas, where he held various corporate executive positions. Later, he was named regional chair of Frost Bank, and subsequently, he served as board vice chair for Bank of Texas. He came to SMU on a football scholarship, and became not only a star player, but a dedicated student. Johnston completed his BBA in Marketing in 1970, and went on to earn an MBA in Finance the following year. He has served as chair of the SMU Mustang Club, the Lettermen’s Association, the Planned Giving Council and the Athletics Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Cox Executive Board.

SMU Cox Outstanding Young Alumni 2018

Kris Lowe (BBA ’04, EMBA ’14) is a director in the Dallas office of HFF, a U.S. and European commercial real estate capital intermediary. In his four years at HFF, he’s participated in the execution of more than $5.5 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Before he went to work for HFF, Lowe served for seven years as the CFO of SMU Athletics. During that time, he got his Executive MBA degree, the second of two degrees he earned from SMU Cox. His first was his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2004. He was originally recruited to SMU to play basketball, and remained with the Mustangs through college. Today, Lowe is active with the Cox Folsom Institute for Real Estate, serving on its executive and associate boards.

Jeff Owens (BBA ’01, MSA ’02) is a partner at Armanino, the fastest growing public accounting firm and one of the top 25 largest accounting and business firms in the country. He leads the Dallas audit department and concentrates on serving the nonprofit and technology sectors. Owens started his career working with KPMG in Sydney, Australia. He earned his BBA in 2001 and the next year, graduated with his Master of Science in Accounting—both at the Cox School. He stays active with SMU and serves on the Cox School Accounting Department’s Alumni and Professional Advisory Board.

SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni candidates must hold: an undergraduate or graduate degree from SMU; a position of distinction in the business community; demonstrate outstanding career success; be active civic leaders and community partners; and be involved with SMU and the Cox School through activities and contributions. Those recognized as SMU Cox Outstanding Young Alumni must meet the same criteria, but can be no more than 40 years of age at the time of the awards luncheon. Nominations for either honor may be sent to Kevin Knox, assistant dean of external relations and executive director of the SMU Cox Alumni Association at kknox@cox.smu.edu.

About SMU Cox

The SMU Cox School of Business, established in 1920, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via prolific research that provokes innovation, change and global thought leadership. Cox faculty members strive to connect ground-breaking research to the classroom as well as the marketplace. Cox faculty are widely published in the world’s most prestigious management journals in accounting, business analytics, capitalism/economics/free markets, customer engagement, energy, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology and operations management, management and organizations, marketing, negotiations, real estate, and risk management. The Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs including BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA (part-time) and Master’s degree programs, as well as Executive Education. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools, SMU Cox maintains an active alumni network and is accredited by AACSB.

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Wed, 16 May 2018 08:29:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/cox-honors-four-distinguished-alumni
SMU Continues Its Climbhttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/continuing-the-ascentSummary: Continuing The Ascent: Recommendations for Enhancing the Academic Quality and Stature of Southern Methodist University, a report by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall, presents a set of 14 bold recommendations for further raising SMU’s standing relative to other universities.

Continuing The Ascent: Recommendations for Enhancing the Academic Quality and Stature of Southern Methodist University, a report by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall, presents a set of 14 bold recommendations for further raising SMU’s standing relative to other universities.

“This is our time to rise even higher,” Turner said. “There’s more to do to strengthen our already fine academic quality, and to bolster our local, national and global impact.”

The recommendations, discussed and vetted for more than a year among the SMU community via task force work, forums and town halls, address four categories:

  • Enhancing the Quality of Undergraduates and Their Educational Experience
  • Strengthening Faculty, Research and Creative Impact at SMU
  • Enhancing the Quality of Graduate Students and Their Educational Experience
  • Deepening Innovative Community Partnerships and Engagement

Each recommendation briefly compares SMU with its peers and aspirants, and includes estimated costs.

“The SMU Community contributed extensively to, and informed the development of our recommendations," Currall said. "This report represents our collective vision of SMU’s futureand how to further elevate SMU’s excellence in scholarship, creative activity, teaching, and societal impact.”

Read Continuing the Ascent here.

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Mon, 14 May 2018 11:39:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/continuing-the-ascent
SMU names new members, officers of board of trusteeshttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/board-of-trustees-new-officers-may-2018Summary: Three new officers and three new trustees were named to SMU’s Board of Trustees during the board’s spring meeting May 4, 2018. The Board also passed a resolution to honor two former members as trustees emeriti.

DALLAS (SMU) – Three new officers and three new trustees were named to SMU’s Board of Trustees during the board’s spring meeting May 4, 2018. The Board also passed a resolution to honor two former members as trustees emeriti.

 

Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84 has been elected as chair, David B. Miller ’72, ’73 was elected as vice-chair, and Kelly Hoglund Compton ’79 was elected as secretary. Officers are elected for one-year terms and are eligible for re-election up to four consecutive terms in any respective office.

 

The new officers will begin their one-year terms on June 1, 2018, and preside over the Sept. 14, 2018 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

“It’s a great honor to serve as chair of the SMU Board of Trustees,” Dedman said. “As both SMU and Dallas grow in stature and importance, the board is ready to guide the continued quest of the University to become one of the nation's finest comprehensive research universities and a home of world-changing research, student development and community impact.

 

New trustee Bradley W. Brookshire ’76 will fill the vacancy left by the death of longtime SMU trustee Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48. The Board’s new ex officio faculty representative is Faculty Senate President Dayna Oscherwitz, French area chair in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Ben Manthey ’09, ’19 will serve as ex officio student trustee.

 

Concluding their board service are Paul Krueger, past-president of the SMU Faculty Senate and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and student trustee Andrew B. Udofa ’18.

 

The SMU Board of Trustees also passed a resolution naming Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99 and Alan D. Feld ’57, ’60 as trustees emeriti. They are the first former University trustees to receive that designation since Milledge A. Hart, III, became SMU’s ninth trustee emeritus in 2013. For extraordinary service and leadership, former members of the SMU Board may be named emeritusmembers. With the addition of these two former trustees, only 11 individuals have been named trustees emeriti in the history of the University.

 

“I am grateful to our new trustees emeriti and new Board of Trustees officers for the important wisdom and insight they bring to the University,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “I am also grateful to the new and current board members whose enterprising spirit will lead the charge as this vibrant community enters an exciting new era.”

 

The 42-member board sets policies governing the operation of SMU, a nationally ranked private university in Dallas. SMU enrolls nearly 12,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

 

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Fri, 11 May 2018 14:52:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/board-of-trustees-new-officers-may-2018
New endowed chair to support SMU Cox School of Businesshttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/new-endowed-chair-to-support-SMU-Cox-School-of-BusinessSummary: Retired SMU finance professor and wife help ensure continued faculty excellence with $2 million gift

DALLAS (SMU) – Andrew H. Chen and Elaine T. Chen have made a $2 million gift to the SMU Edwin L. Cox School of Business to establish The Andrew H. Chen Endowed Chair in Financial Investments Fund. Andrew Chen, who retired as Professor Emeritus of Finance at SMU in 2012, said he and his wife wanted to ensure that the Cox School will continue to attract outstanding finance faculty. 

The gift will include $1.5 million for the endowment of the faculty chair and $500,000 for operational support, which will enable immediate use of the position while the endowment vests.

“As a faculty member in the Finance Department, I focused much of my research and teaching in the areas of option pricing and options-related investment strategies, ” Andrew Chen said. “After retiring from my faculty position, I decided to put into practice what I had taught in the classroom and was fortunate enough to meet with some success. Elaine and I now find ourselves in the position of being able to make a useful contribution to the Cox School by setting up an endowed chair in financial investment. We hope that this new finance chair will further enhance the Cox Finance Department’s reputation and enable its holder to enjoy an excellent career at SMU, just as I did when I was a member of the Finance Department.”

Elaine Chen said her husband's experience as a chairholder at Cox played a large role in their decision.

“Since our days as graduate students at a leading U.S. business school (University of California, Berkeley), both Andy and I have always placed great value on finance education and research,” Elaine Chen said. “Andy’s finance chair at SMU was invaluable in facilitating his teaching and research activities for nearly 30 years, and we are always grateful for the positive impact that the chair had on Andy’s career. Therefore, we decided to contribute in kind by helping to establish a new finance chair in the Cox School. It’s our hope that the contribution for this new chair will attract a talented finance scholar who will further develop his or her own research career at the Cox School while providing a top-notch learning experience to many students.”

A member of the Cox faculty from 1983-2012, Andrew Chen is a renowned researcher, educator, prolific author, business consultant and respected colleague in the field of finance. He earned his bachelor's degree from the National Taiwan University and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has been a visiting scholar at universities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. 

“The Chens' thoughtful gift will allow the Cox School of Business to continue building one of the best programs in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “It's especially meaningful that a retired faculty member and his wife would feel compelled to make such a gift.

The editor or co-author of several books, Andrew Chen has written more than 125 articles in leading academic and professional journals. He served as editor of Research in Finance and a managing editor of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance. He has held leadership positions with financial institutions and corporations and has been a consultant to several companies and government agencies. He served as president of the Financial Management Association International and as a director of the Asia-Pacific Finance Association. 

At Cox, Andrew Chen was known for his passion for both research and teaching, frequently working with independent-study students on investment strategies. SMU Provost Steven C. Currall said the new endowed chair will help the University secure a similarly minded scholar. 

“Endowed chairs support SMU’s mission to strengthen its academic foundation for the future by recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty,” Currall  said. “Dr. Chen understands this better than most thanks to his own experience at Cox. This gift will make a difference for our students for years to come and help to raise SMU’s national and international profile as an outstanding university.

The Chen endowment adds to recent commitments to establish endowed faculty positions at SMU, including the William F. May Endowed Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the Harold M. Brierley Endowed Professor in the Cox School’s Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement, the Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and the Addy Family Centennial Professor in Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering.

It also comes shortly after tribute gifts that established the Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program and the Kyle D. Miller Energy Scholarship Fund in the Cox School in recognition of the success of SMU finance graduate Kyle D. Miller '01.

 “The generosity of Andrew and Elaine Chen’s gift reflects their belief in SMU’s future,” said Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad E. Cheves. “We are very appreciative of their support for distinguished and innovative faculty in the Cox School of Business.”

Finance is the most popular major for Cox undergraduates, with almost half of the BBA students declared as finance majors. More than half of Cox MBA students choose a finance degree program. The finance department offers students unique immersive experiences such as the EnCap Investments and LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center, the Kitt Investing and Trading Center, the Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies and the Practicum in Portfolio Management.

SMU Cox School of Business Dean Matthew Myers said the Chens' largesse will extend this well-established legacy.

“I had known about Dr. Chen long before my arrival at SMU,” said Cox Dean Matthew Myers. "He has always had a reputation for keeping students challenged and excited about finance. This position will enable us to always remember Andy’s invaluable contributions to SMU and will help us attract other talented scholars to the Cox School. We are so appreciative of Andy and Elaine’s generosity, and hope they will come back often to Cox to see the impact of their gift.”

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About SMU: For more than 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored the frontiers of knowledge and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit in its seven degree-granting schools. Taking advantage of the unbridled experiences on the University’s beautiful campuses and SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students become ethical leaders in their professions and communities who change the world.

 

About the SMU Cox School of Business: The SMU Cox School of Business, established in 1920, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via prolific research that provokes innovation, change and global thought leadership. Cox faculty members strive to connect ground-breaking research to the classroom as well as the marketplace. Cox faculty are widely published in the world’s most prestigious management journals in accounting, business analytics, capitalism/economics/free markets, customer engagement, energy, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology and operations management, management and organizations, marketing, negotiations, real estate, and risk management. The Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs including BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA (part-time) and Master’s degree programs, as well as Executive Education. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools, SMU Cox maintains an active alumni network in more than 80 countries. SMU Cox is accredited by AACSB.   

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Tue, 08 May 2018 14:49:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/new-endowed-chair-to-support-SMU-Cox-School-of-Business
SMU Remembers Margaret McDermotthttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/smu-remembers-margaret-mcdermott-03may2018Summary: The Beloved Dallas Philanthropist Passes at 106

Margaret McDermott

Margaret McDermott at SMU in 2009 for the dedication of the renovated Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden, including the Eugene McDermott Grand Terrace.

 

DALLAS (SMU) – Margaret Milam McDermott, philanthropist and ardent supporter of Dallas education and arts institutions, died May 3, 2018, at the age of 106.

"Margaret McDermott epitomized the best of humanity," says R. Gerald Turner, SMU president. "She was smart, curious, caring and devoted to helping others through her philanthropy in education and the arts. She will forever hold a special place at SMU for her support and gifts to the University, but most importantly as a remarkable example of how one person can benefit so many."

In 1976, McDermott received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from SMU, honoring her steadfast community leadership and generosity. In 2000, she was among the first to receive the Profiles in Leadership Award given at the SMU Women's Symposium. During her long association with SMU, she provided leadership and guidance to a number of areas across campus, including service on the SMU Fine Arts Council, Central University Libraries Advisory Board and Friends of the SMU Libraries.  Most recently, McDermott developed a keen interest in the Meadows Museum, supporting art acquisitions, facility enhancements and Museum fundraising galas.

McDermott's husband, Eugene, who died in 1973, was a member of the SMU Board of Governors in 1961-1973 and the SMU Board of Trustees in 1965-73. He was co-founder of Geophysical Service, Inc., the predecessor of Texas Instruments, Inc. In 2009, McDermott named the sweeping entry for the Meadows Museum, the Eugene McDermott Grand Terrace in the Meadows Museum Sculpture Plaza, in honor of her late husband.

The McDermotts' gifts to SMU included support for the Central University Libraries, the Foundation for Science and Engineering, Margo Jones Theatre in SMU Meadows School of the Arts and several annual funds. After her husband's death, Mrs. McDermott continued her personal support with gifts to the Meadows School and to Meadows Museum. And through the Eugene McDermott Foundation, she contributed to the Hamon Arts Library Building, the Luis Martin Fellowship in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and a variety of Meadows School and Meadows Museum programs.

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/05/03/margaret-mcdermotts-giving-spirit-kind-heart-left-dallas-better

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Thu, 03 May 2018 17:13:00 GMThttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/smu-remembers-margaret-mcdermott-03may2018
Barry Barish to Receive Honorary Doctorate from SMUhttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/nobel-prize-winning-physicist-barry-barish-to-receive-honorary-doctorate-from-smuSummary: Nobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony.

Barry Barish

 

DALLAS (SMU) — Nobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, Ph.D., Linde Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU's 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Moody Coliseum.

Barish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in establishing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first observations of gravitational waves – disturbances in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein based on his General Theory of Relativity. He will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from SMU during the ceremony. The entire event will be livestreamed at smu.edu/live.

On Friday, May 18, Dr. Barish will give a free public lecture on campus. "Einstein, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves" will begin at 3 p.m. in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center, 3150 Binkley Ave. on the SMU campus. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 2:15 p.m. Free parking will be available in the University's Binkley and Moody garages, accessible from the SMU Boulevard entrance to campus. Attendees may RSVP online.

"Dr. Barry Barish has changed the way we see the universe with his work," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "His accomplishments as an experimental physicist have broken new ground and helped to confirm revolutionary theories about the structure of our cosmos."

"Conferring an honorary degree is an important tradition for any university," said SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall. "For SMU, this year's decision takes on special meaning, as the University is the home of a highly-regarded Department of Physics deeply involved in research ranging from variable stars to the Higgs boson. Dr. Barish and his record of world-changing accomplishment represent the very best of his field. He's an outstanding example of what all our graduates can aspire to as they begin their own professional endeavors."

Einstein predicted in 1916 that gravitational waves existed, generated by systems and regions such as binary stars and black holes and by events such as supernovae and the Big Bang. However, Einstein thought the cosmic waves would be too weak to ever be detected. Barish's work at LIGO resulted in the first observation on Earth of these cosmic ripples on Sept. 14, 2015 — emanating from the collision of two black holes in the distant universe.

Barish was the principal investigator for LIGO from 1994 to 2005 and director of the LIGO Laboratory from 1997 until 2005. He led LIGO from its funding by the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its final design stages, as well as the construction of the twin LIGO interferometers in Hanford, Wash., and Livingston, La.

In 1997, Barish established the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), an organization that unites more than 1,000 collaborators worldwide on a mission to detect gravitational waves, explore the fundamental physics of gravity, and develop gravitational-wave observations as a tool of astronomical discovery. Barish also oversaw the development and approval of the proposal for Advanced LIGO, a program that developed major upgrades to LIGO's facilities and to the sensitivity of its instruments compared to the first-generation LIGO detectors. Advanced LIGO enabled a large increase in the extent of the universe probed, as well as the discovery of gravitational waves during its first observation run.

After LIGO, Barish became director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider (ILC)—an international team that oversaw the planning, design, and research and development program for the ILC—from 2006 to 2013. The ILC is expected to explore the same energy range in particle physics currently being investigated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but with more precision.

Barish joined Caltech in 1963 as part of an experimental group working with particle accelerators. From 1963 to 1966, he developed and conducted the first high-energy neutrino beam experiment at Fermilab. This experiment revealed evidence for the quark substructure of the nucleon (a proton or neutron) and provided crucial evidence supporting the electroweak unification theory of Nobel Laureates Sheldon Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg.

Following the neutrino experiment, Barish became one of the leaders of MACRO (Monopole, Astrophysics and Cosmic Ray Observatory), located 3,200 feet under the Gran Sasso mountains in Italy. The international collaboration set what are still the most stringent limits on the existence of magnetic monopoles. Magnetic monopoles are the magnetic analog of single electric charges and could help confirm a Grand Unified Theory that seeks to unify three of nature's four forces — the electromagnetic, weak, and strong forces — into a single force. The MACRO collaboration also discovered key evidence that neutrinos have mass.

In the early 1990s, Barish co-led the design team for the GEM (Gammas, Electrons, Muons) detector, which was one of two large detectors scheduled to run at the Superconducting Super Collider near Waxahachie. Congress canceled the accelerator in 1993 during its construction — but major elements of the GEM design and many members of its team were integrated into LHC detector projects at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Barish became Caltech's Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics in 1991 and Linde Professor Emeritus in 2005. From 2001 to 2002, he served as co-chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel subpanel that developed a long-range plan for U.S. high-energy physics. He has served as president of the American Physical Society and chaired the Commission of Particles and Fields and the U.S. Liaison committee to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). In 2002, he chaired the NRC Board of Physics and Astronomy Neutrino Facilities Assessment Committee Report, "Neutrinos and Beyond."

Barish was born in 1936 in Omaha, Neb., to Jewish immigrants from a part of Poland that is now part of Belarus. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and earned his B.A. degree in physics and his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1957 and 1962. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Barish is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

In 2002, Barish received the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. His honors also include the 2016 Enrico Fermi Prize from the Italian Physical Society, as well as the Henry Draper Medal, the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, the European Physical Society's Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize, and Fudan University's Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award (all in 2017).

Barish holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Bologna, the University of Florida, and the University of Glasgow.

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SMU expects to award more than 2,700 degrees at its University-wide Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2018. The University's individual schools and departments will host diploma ceremonies throughout the weekend.

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Carl and Peggy Sewell Spark Drive for Dedman Collegehttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/carl-and-peggy-sewell-spark-successful-drive-for-dedman-college-27april2018Summary: $400,000 challenge yields more than $834,000 in commitments for 20 new scholarships

Dedman Scholars

 

DALLAS (SMU) – A $400,000 challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell '66 and Peggy Higgins Sewell '72 has generated more than $834,000 in gifts and pledges for merit-based scholarships combined with unique programming for academically gifted students in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Dedman College Scholars are chosen to inspire their peers, challenge their professors and contribute to the university’s academic reputation. The new funding will allow SMU to offer 20 new four-year scholarships, effectively doubling the number available in past years.

"The Sewells' call to action, and the response of 17 new donors and donor families who met their challenge, is giving us the opportunity to offer admission in fall 2018 to the largest group of Dedman Scholars in SMU history," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "These scholarships are a great opportunity for the recipients, but our Dedman Scholars also enrich the University as a whole."

Carl Sewell, an SMU trustee, issued the challenge Nov. 27, 2017, after the summer launch of the Pony Power initiative to raise more current-use funds for initiatives such as scholarships, faculty research and rewarding student experiences. The Sewells vowed to match every dollar in gifts and pledges up to $400,000 made by new donors to the Dedman College Scholars program by Sept. 1; however new donors stepped up to meet the challenge and committed $434,614 before April 1.

"Peggy and I sincerely believe that helping bright students through scholarships is an investment in a shared future – not just the University we love," Carl Sewell said. "Meeting and engaging with SMUs student scholars makes us very optimistic about that future."

"Carl Sewell is co-chair of the Pony Power initiative, and it is just like him to set the kind of example he has with this challenge gift," said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for Development and External Affairs. "Mr. and Mrs. Sewell do so much for the University, and we are grateful that they took this opportunity to invite new friends and supporters to join them in expanding this program."

 

Dedman Scholars

 

Entering students are selected to the Dedman College Scholars Program each year through a competitive process. Students must be admitted to SMU as a first-year student whose primary major lies within Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and he or she must qualify academically for the University Honors Program. After a review of all eligible prospective students, a select number are invited to submit a written application and interview with a committee of Dedman College faculty, staff, and current Dedman College Scholars. 

The Dedman College Scholars who entered SMU in the Fall of 2017 had an average SAT (math and critical reading) score of 1488, an average ACT composite score of 32, and an average unweighted GPA of 3.90 in challenging high school curricula coupled with extracurricular involvement.

"Our Dedman Scholars are highly intelligent and we find they also are terrifically motivated young people who are interested in many different fields of study," said Steven C. Currall, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We offer them a wide variety of opportunities to participate in academic, cultural and social events where they meet key people in fields related to the humanities and sciences and also become fully immersed in life at SMU."

In year one, Dedman Scholars connect with faculty, students and the SMU community, as well as campus resources, through exclusive meetings and events. In year two, they begin conducting small independent research projects under the guidance of faculty members in their majors.

During years three and four, scholars are guided toward the completion of long-term research projects that can originate through study abroad, study at SMU-in-Taos, completion of a senior distinction thesis or from resources such as the Richter Fellowship Program, the Hamilton Research Fund and Big Idea grants. 

"Dedman Scholars are, in a word, extraordinary," said Thomas DiPiero, dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. "All students complete a capstone research project, and must also participate in hands-on projects in the SMU community and beyond. One remarkable student established a bail bond program for non-violent offenders."

Dedman College is home to nearly half of all declared majors and minors at SMU, offering 40 undergraduate majors and 56 minors plus pre-professional programs including pre-law and pre-health. Opportunities for advanced graduate education include 18 master’s programs and 15 doctoral degrees in numerous fields.

Peggy and Carl Sewell share a lifelong relationship with SMU. Mr. Sewell, chairman of Sewell Automotive Companies, received a B.B.A. degree with a double major in banking and finance and in economics from SMU. Mrs. Sewell graduated from SMU with a B.F.A. in art history and is a highly respected civic leader. She serves as a member of the board of trustees and executive committee for the Dallas Museum of Art and as a member of The MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors. Mr. and Mrs. Sewell’s two children, Carl and Jacquelin, both earned M.S. degrees in management from SMU’s Cox School of Business and work in the family business.

Mr. and Mrs. Sewell are actively engaged at the University. Mrs. Sewell, who received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013, serves as a member of the Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board. Mr. Sewell received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1996, and served as chair from 2006 to 2010, during which time SMU experienced remarkable improvement in student quality. Mr. Sewell was also chair during the planning period and public launch of SMU’s Second Century capital campaign. He served as co-chair of SMU’s successful Second Century campaign and co-chair of The Second Century Celebration and currently serves as co-chair of the Pony Power initiative. Both have dedicated their time and leadership across SMU.

In addition to the Dedman College Scholars, the Sewells have provided scholarship support for President's Scholars, BBA Scholars, Meadows Scholars, Lyle Engineering Scholars and Pre-Law Scholars. They also have generously supported programs and projects in virtually every area of the University.

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SMU is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU's alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in seven degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities and the world.

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Construction of new SMU Indoor Performance Center celebrated at Mustangs' annual spring gamehttp://www.smu.edu/News/2018/SMU-celebrates-new-indoor-performance-centerSummary: SMU celebrated the building of its new SMU Indoor Performance Center Saturday, April 14, during the annual Mustang spring football game.

Contact: Nancy George, ngeorge@smu.edu, 214-768-7674

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU celebrated the building of its new SMU Indoor Performance Center Saturday, April 14, during the annual Mustang spring football game. The 67,000-square-foot facility with its indoor practice field, training facilities and entertainment areas, slated to open in the spring of 2019, is a reflection of SMU’s commitment to a first-class and competitive athletic program.

"Opening onto Bishop Boulevard in the very heart of our campus, this facility will enhance the student-athlete experience, elevate our competitiveness and serve as an asset to the entire campus community," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. 

Located at the corner of Bishop Boulevard and Binkley Avenue, the new center will be built on a site long dedicated to SMU Athletics. A basketball pavilion built in 1926 was replaced by the 1942 construction of the Perkins Gymnasium. The gymnasium was converted in 1957 to the Perkins Natatorium, home of SMU Swimming and Diving, which moved in 2017 to the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center on SMU's East Campus. The new facility will continue the site's historic legacy.

"The SMU Indoor Performance Center represents a tangible, visible investment in our ongoing vision to establish SMU Athletics as the best overall program in the American Athletic Conference," said Director of Athletics Rick Hart.

Donors of more than $1 million to the center include Bill Armstrong '82 and Liz Martin Armstrong '82 and the Armstrong Foundation, Gary T. Crum '69 and Sylvie P. Crum, Paul B. Loyd ’68 and Penny R. Loyd, and David B. Miller '72, '73 and Carolyn L. Miller and David B. Miller Family Foundation. 

They are joined by $1 million donors Kathryn H. Arata '87, '91 and Stephen L. Arata '88, Stephanie Chantilis Bray ’85 and Bennie M. Bray, Richard H. Collins '69 and the Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation, Jennifer Gelety Flanagan '82 and Martin L. Flanagan '82, G. Stacy and Ashley Smith, Katherine Harris Ware and Richard Ware ’68 and William J. Ware ’01, and Garry Weber ’58. Kyle D. Miller ’01 was honored with a $1 million gift made in recognition of his love of SMU Athletics.

Other major donors include Blake Bozman ’93 and Tara Snellbacher Bozman, Cathy Dewitt Dunn and Rogge Dunn ’79, Kate Dykes and Sonny Dykes, Irina Huemiller and Thomas L. Huemiller ’91, Ashlee Hunt Kleinert ’88 and Christopher W. Kleinert ’88, and Natalie Greene Stollenwerck ’64 and Tom J. Stollenwerck ’62, ’65. 

"Thanks to the incredible generosity of these donors, the SMU Indoor Performance Center will provide a stellar practice facility for our student-athletes," said Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad Cheves. "It also will provide added value as a unique and convenient gathering area for students, faculty, alumni and community members."

The center will feature a turf football practice field, with overhead translucent panels and glass roll-up doors. The center also will include a training room and a fitness area.

The SMU Indoor Performance Center will enhance student-athlete well-being and competitiveness through year-round access to a climate-controlled facility,"said Head Football Coach Sonny Dykes. "Kate and I are proud to support this game-changing facility."

The second floor will feature a recruiting lobby and lounge adjacent to an outdoor patio. In addition to practice, training and recruiting spaces, the center will include multipurpose spaces, such as the 4,000-square-foot Boulevard Club on the first floor, designed to accommodate banquets, presentations, meetings, social gatherings and campus and community events.

The red brick building will be constructed in a Collegiate Georgian architectural style, harmonious with SMU's traditional campus environment. For more information or to support the center, please visit SMU Indoor Performance Center.

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