Cafe 100 Kicks Off Second Century Celebration, Brings Starbucks to SMU

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Hundreds of SMU students, faculty and staff gathered at the former Java City location in Hughes-Trigg Student Center to mark the Grand Opening of the new Cafe 100. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ERICKSON / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Caitlin Clark

Yes, the rumors are true, Starbucks has officially arrived at Southern Methodist University’s campus.

Located in Hughes Trigg, Cafe 100 opened Thursday morning kicking off Southern Methodist University’s Second Century Celebration with free coffee mugs, beverage and food samples, and celebrity baristas including Dean José Bowen and Kyle Padron.

Cafe 100 is a response to the student’s demand for Starbucks according to Marketing Programs Manager Phil Demeo.

The name is a reference to SMU’s hundredth anniversary and is a part of the universities Second Century Campaign.

Nearly 1,000 Cafe 100 coffee mugs were ordered for the opening but they were passed out before noon. The energy in the room was high as Peruna handed out red velvet cupcakes and mini scones.

Students say they are pleased to have Starbucks Coffee so close by.

“I’m so excited! I don’t really like coffee other than Starbucks so now it’s way more convenient than trying to get coffee before class off campus,” Junior Jordan Kragen said.

Cafe 100 will attract even the non coffee loving students.

“I actually never went to Java City. I don’t really like coffee. I would come now because they have Starbucks and more options,” student Tia Gannon said.

The festivities and celebrity baristas will continue throughout the afternoon.

Video by Sydney Giesey

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Editing by Andy Garcia

Video by Fernando Valdes

Cafe 100 Grand Opening from on Vimeo.

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Dean Bowen Accepts Renewal

January 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Dean Jose Bowen has accepted a renewal appointment that will keep him at Meadows for the next five years. (PHOTO COURTESY SMU)

By Mustang Editors

The office of Provost Paul Ludden has announced that Dean José Bowen has agreed to serving as Dean of the Meadows School for a second five-year term.

Bowen arrived at SMU in 2006 from Miami University of Ohio, where he was Dean of Fine Arts. Bowen also is a jazz pianist and performs with a band of fellow SMU faculty members.

“I look forward to working with him and with the members of the Meadows School, as we take SMU and the School forward in our Centennial years,” Provost Ludden wrote in a letter distributed to students and faculty this morning.

SMU Dancers and Symphony Host Night of Historic Firsts at Winspear Opera House

March 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Nicole Jacobsen

Southern Methodist University dancers and the symphony performed together at the Winspear Opera House as part of the AT&T Dallas Center of Performing Arts on Saturday night. Over 2,000 SMU supporters and donors turned out for the event.

Despite the snowy weather, the dancers and orchestra from the Meadows School of the Arts packed the house in the first collaboration between the divisions in the school’s history.

According to Meadows School of the Arts Dean, Jose Bowen, there were 50 dancers on stage and 85 musicians in the pit.

“We’ve got an enormous show. This is the only place we could do it,” Bowen said. “It’s a chance to get more students involved. If we only have orchestra, we have half as many students so if we feature two departments instead of one tonight, we get to be the first group ever to have a live dance and orchestra in this hall and we have a world premiere so it’s a lot of firsts tonight.”

Gregory King and two other students from the graduate thesis concert performed in the lobby prior to the main performance, but their routine was a little bit more unscripted.

“It was structured improv so nothing was set,” King explained. “The music was improvised, the dancing was improvised, so it was more or less what is considered chance dancing, chance theater, chance art making. Art making is also about the prospective and the response of the audience so it’s almost like starting a conversation.”

According to Bowen, the event proved to be a huge success but when asked if the performance would return to the Winspear next year, he was hesitant to provide an answer.

“It’s hard to know what will happen in the future,” Bowen said. “We always like to do something different. I’d like to feature more departments every year and do different kinds of things. But the Myerson is a 17-year tradition; we will probably be back at the Myerson next year.”

The performance at the Winspear raised more than $375,000 for Meadows Scholars.