VIDEO: Construction on Southbound Mockingbird Exit

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Video and Editing by Bridget Bennett

Two lanes of traffic on the southbound Mockingbird Exit on highway 75 are closed. Construction crews are installing a storm drainage system for the Bush Presidential library.

The crew are only working during slow traffic hours; a metal plate covers the hole during morning and evening rush hour to prevent traffic delays. Crews estimate it will take about two more weeks of work to complete the project.

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VIDEO: George W. Bush Presidential Library

November 9, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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SMU-TV’s Stephanie Brown gives the details on the ground-break of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

SMU Welcomes New Dedman College Dean

August 31, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia

Dr. William Tsutsui, the new dean of Dedman College, greets guests at the reception in his honor. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The new dean of Dedman College, Dr. William Tsutsui, was officially welcomed to SMU at a reception in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Monday evening.

Tsutsui was chosen out of over 40 candidates for the dean position. His credentials include his role as Associate Dean for International Studies at the University of Kansas and two publications on the cultural influence of Godzilla.

At the reception, Tsutsui spoke on his belief that Dedman College is now positioned to make major advances in the field of liberal arts education.

“This is a defining moment for Dedman College,” Tsutsui said. “Expectations are understandably high both on and off campus, so it’s imperative now as never before for Dedman College to sharpen its focus.“

Tsutsui also touched on the benefits that the new GEC curriculum, Bush Presidential Library and the Second Century Campaign will offer both Dedman College and SMU as a whole.

Dr. Tsutsui took the stage to thank the SMU faculty and staff and express his love for his new home. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The new dean also spoke about “Texas hospitality” and the number of faculty, students and members of the Dallas community who he has met, and how they always mention his connection to Godzilla.

SMU Provost Paul Ludden introduced Tsutsui and his wife to an audience of SMU’s faculty, board of trustee members, alumni and major donors. Ludden also thanked former Interim Dedman Dean, Peter Moore, for his service to SMU.

Godzilla cookies were served at the reception for Dr. Tsutsui, who has published two books on the subject. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Campus News Blog: George W. Bush ‘Freedom Institute’

March 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Taylor St. Eve

The Bush Institute, which is being built along side the Bush museum, declines its partisan ambitions with SMU. The separation of agreements leads the institute to report to the Bush Foundation rather than directly to the University.

The right-leaning institute will therefore not have to answer to SMU and brand its own name, separate to that of the University’s. It’s easy to see why the separation might raise issues at SMU. The conservative views of the Bush Foundation will have a range of opportunities to become free of campus politics and broaden political impulses against the will of SMU.