SMU Welcomes New Dedman College Dean

August 31, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia
atgarcia@smu.edu

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)

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Students Get Their Foot In The Door at Career Fair

February 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Students fill out name tags at the Career and Internship Fair (PHOTO BY PETYA KERTIKOVA / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Students fill out name tags at the Career and Internship Fair (PHOTO BY PETYA KERTIKOVA / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Petya Kertikova
pkertikova@smu.edu

The first Career and Internship Fair of the year was hosted in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center ballrooms Thursday afternoon by the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

The career center has hosted internship and career events twice a year since 1939. According to Darin Ford, director of Hegi Family Career Development Center, up to 1400 students are attending the internship fairs every year. At Thursday’s fair, 75 percent of the positions were offered to all majors.

Even though most of today’s internships are non-paid, Ford suggests students still need to attend the career events. The main benefit is to gain experience.

“Working in a real world setting gives students a deep depth of experiences,” said Ford.

Events like the one Thursday are helpful to employers because they save time in searching for the right candidates and it is just easier to find interns from a college event.

Although multiple positions are available, some students do not find what they are looking for. Alex Odiari, an ex-football player at SMU, does find the career center helpful in general but not all of the time.

Katie Roberts, an SMU freshman, felt differently.

“The career center is a very helpful place,” said Roberts.

Most of the students, especially the freshmen, have already visited the Hegi Center.

“You have to be self motivated and very ambitious to go there,” said Roberts. “People over there can help if you are truly interested in what you want to do for the rest of your life.”

The student opinion is that career events should be held more often on campus.

“We don’t know about these events,” said Roberts. “We are receiving e-mails, but often we are deleting them, thinking it’s a junk piece.”

Ford also suggests that career fairs may not be as beneficial to freshmen who are undecided on the future and rightfully so.

“Most of the freshman folks change their majors two or three times by the time they decide what they really want to do,” said Ford.

Even if, Ford stresses that students still need to gain experience outside of the classroom and the career center can be a useful tool for students to learn the right way to develop job skills and even explore work positions before graduation.