Dalai Lama To Receive SMU Honorary Degree

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan
psathianat@smu.edu

The Dalai Lama will give a speech and receive an honorary degree during the SMU Hart Global Leaders Forum.

The tenth annual forum will take place at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on May 9.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate will speak to an audience of about 2,500, mostly high school students, SMU students and faculty.

Tickets for the general public sold out within an hour of when they went on sale on April 27.

SMU students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up two tickets starting May 3 at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A valid SMU ID and birthdate is required to receive tickets, which are on limited availability.

His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for using non-violent methods when facing Chinese rule in Tibet.

SMU joins a growing list of universities and colleges that have awarded honorary degrees. This list includes the Miami University, University of Washington, Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles and Rutgers University.

Previous speakers for the Leaders program have included former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Hart Global Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to turning younger generations into accountable, ethical beings, is sponsored by gifts from Mitch and Linda Hart.

Politics Blog: No Reason Not to Vote

September 30, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Donnie Wyar

If you want a chance to weigh in on what many are calling the most important election in our lifetime, the deadline to register for the Nov. 4 election is Monday, Oct. 6.

Sponsored by Students for a Better Society and Democracy Matters, voter registration cards will be available for students throughout this week at the Mane Desk on the main floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. If you haven’t registered yet, stop by anytime Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to midnight or Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. No postage required.

Early voting is Oct. 20 – 31. You must vote in your precinct on election day, but during early voting you can vote at any location. If you forget your voter registration card, you can use a valid identification to vote.

For first-time voters with questions on how to get started or what to do once you’re registered, check out this site for more information.