2019 Archives

2019 News Archives


Statement from President Turner regarding UMC vote - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday, February 26, at a special session of the General Conference to accept the Traditional Plan, which will exclude the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and the marriage of same-sex persons. (2/27/2019)

SMU Mourns the Death of Business Leader Gene H. Bishop - Longtime SMU supporter, former member of the SMU Board of Trustees and civic leader Gene H. Bishop died Friday, February 22. His legacy of financial leadership, business savvy and community service helped drive Dallas’ dynamic growth for more than half a century. (2/22/2019)

SMU Breaking ground on new home for digital explorers - SMU takes a giant leap forward in the rapidly shifting digital frontier with today’s groundbreaking of the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation. The new 50,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research hub will equip faculty, students and industry partners with tools and resources to collaborate, solve complex problems and power new enterprises. (2/22/2019)

President Turner statement regarding yearbook images - Important discussions have been taking place across the country in recent weeks regarding disturbing and offensive images and texts in college and university yearbooks. Such images, including of individuals in blackface, are stark historical reminders of the racism and bigotry that continue to challenge our nation today. (2/19/2019)

Trump’s State of the Union Address: Touchy Topics and Words to Own - SMU experts are available to analyze political landmines and presidential goals in the runup to the Feb. 5 State of the Union address. (2/4/2019)

Information on Catholic Diocese of Dallas Report - On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas released a list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. Two of the priests on the list were identified by the diocese as having been previously associated with Catholic Campus Ministry at SMU, which provides services for SMU students but is not part of the University. Neither were SMU employees. (2/1/2019)

The Cultural Intelligence Initiative at SMU - A revolutionary approach in higher education to ensure that every member of the Southern Methodist University community is equipped with the skills and knowledge to manage and communicate effectively in complex cultural contexts. (1/30/2019)

Latest Hart Gift Advances Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SMU - SMU’s ability to cultivate and launch entrepreneurs for North Texas and beyond received a major boost with a significant new gift from prominent Dallas business leaders and major SMU supporters Linda Wertheimer Hart ’65 and Milledge (Mitch) A. Hart, III. The Harts now are among SMU’s most generous donors. (1/25/2019)

A New Year's Message From President Turner - Dr. King’s words continue to inspire us. As we begin each new year together, we celebrate SMU Dream Week to honor Dr. King’s lifetime of dedicated, persistent work and the values he championed – including individual dignity and worth, inclusion, civic participation, open dialogue and civil debate. These concepts are at the very core of SMU’s academic mission and a welcoming community, in which all are valued and able to pursue their goals and do their best work. (1/18/2019)

SMU's MLK Unity Walk 2019 - In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SMU will hold its annual campus Unity Walk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, to commemorate King’s core values – faith, education, nonviolence, love, leadership, community and hope. (1/18/2019)

SMU History Professor Paves a Digital Path to the Past - SMU history professor Jo Guldi’s book, The History Manifesto, recently was named one of the most influential books of the past 20 years by the Chronicle of Higher Education. (1/17/2019)

SMU December 2018 Graduation - The SMU December 2018 Graduation, held in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, included a concert by Imperial Brass, the commencement address by SMU Chair for the Board of Trustees Robert Dedman Jr. '80, '84 and the graduation of 581 students with doctorate, professional and baccalaureate degrees. (12/19/2018)

New Psychological Study: Teaching People to Experience and Recognize Joy - Sometimes people lose the ability to experience or even recognize joy -- a type of depression called anhedonia. SMU psychology professors Alicia Merit and Thomas Ritz, working with a colleague at UCLA, are beginning to enroll patients in a study that focuses on re-teaching people to experience and identify joy. Their five-year project is funded by a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. (11/28/2018)

SMU-LIFT Literacy App Tied for Grand Prize in $7 Million XPRIZE Competition - A treasure-hunting smartphone app developed by SMU and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help low-literate adults learn to read tied for the grand prize Thursday in the competition hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE.